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Author (up) Zhang, W. url  openurl
  Title Chinese culture and dental behaviour: some observations from Wellington Type Journal Article
  Year 2009 Publication The New Zealand Dental Journal Abbreviated Journal N Z Dent J  
  Volume 105 Issue 1 Pages 22-27  
  Keywords Acculturation; Age Factors; Attitude to Health/*ethnology; China/ethnology; Dental Care/psychology; Dental Caries/psychology; Dentist-Patient Relations; Emigrants and Immigrants/psychology; Health Behavior/*ethnology; Humans; New Zealand; *Oral Health; Qi; Self Care/psychology; Sex Factors; Tooth Extraction/psychology; Transients and Migrants/psychology  
  Abstract Chinese migrants bring their Chinese culture and Chinese beliefs to New Zealand. The acculturation process can be long and may affect their access to dental services. Analysis of recent research suggests a pattern whereby the greater the acculturation, the greater the use of dental services. Four aspects of Chinese culture are highlighted: wrong perception of the cause of caries as 'Qi'; intention to seek self-treatment; a preference for keeping teeth against dentists' advice; and complex attitudes towards New Zealand dentists. These issues require dentists to be culturally aware when dealing with Chinese patients. Because existing models fail to capture the complexities of Chinese culture, a dynamic model is proposed to help dental practitioners to understand Chinese migrants' dental behaviours. Chinese culture also has implications for researchers who want to carry out research with the Chinese community.  
  Address Dental Council of New Zealand, Wellington. zhang.wei@dcnz.org.nz  
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  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  Series Volume Series Issue Edition  
  ISSN 0028-8047 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes PMID:19418680 Approved no  
  Call Number refbase @ user @ Serial 7452  
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