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O comportamento de crianças durante atendimento odontológico

Faculdade de Odontologia de Piracicaba -UNICAMP
Psicologia Teoria e Pesquisa 01/2003; DOI: 10.1590/S0102-37722003000100008
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ABSTRACT Este trabalho avaliou o comportamento de 6 crianças com história de não - colaboração durante tratamento odontológico, que passaram por 5 sessões odontológicas, nas quais empregou-se o placebo ou o diazepam de maneira duplo - cega, além de estratégias psicológicas de manejo do comportamento (distração, explicação, reforçamento e estabelecimento de regras). As sessões foram filmadas em vídeo - tape, com marcas sonoras a cada 15 segundos, indicativas dos momentos em que os comportamentos emitidos pelos participantes (choro, movimentos de corpo e/ou cabeça, fuga e esquiva) e as estratégias de manejo do comportamento seriam registrados. Os resultados mostraram que o medicamento na dose utilizada foi eficaz para controlar os comportamentos de 1 participante, sendo que os demais não permitiram a realização do tratamento e exibiram aumento crescente da resistência ao tratamento. Parece necessário que a criança seja auxiliada a enfrentar a situação de tratamento nas sessões iniciais, impedindo o aumento da resistência.

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