Illustrated Pediatric Dentistry - Part 1

Psychological Development of a Child

Author(s): H. Sharath Chandra*, M.H. Raghunath Reddy and Vidya Iyer

Pp: 41-76 (36)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815051483122010008

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Child psychology is an important part of paediatric dentistry, which acts as a guide for understanding children who are in different stages of physical, mental, emotional, and social development. Understanding the psychological development of the child helps in professional recognition of the child’s needs, fear and anxiety at each stage which helps in better execution of behaviour management techniques. Child psychology provides an insight into principles of behaviour management that should be tailor-made for each child for effective and efficient dental treatment. This would enable the child to have a better and more pleasant dental visit, and also give the clinician a sense of professional satisfaction and reduce the fatigue in treating an uncooperative child.

Keywords: Child psychology, Behaviour management, Emotional development, Fear.

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