Evaluating a one hour resiliency workshop delivered to Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy students: A pilot study

Marina Gerard Harris, Clare Wilson, Sara Jane Helen Hughes

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Aims - To examine whether the delivery of a short duration workshop to educateDental Hygiene and Dental Therapy students (DHDTS) on developing a morepositive relationship between stress and meaning, with a follow-up on-line journalworkbook, would alter how DHDTS understood stress. 

Subjects and methods - A questionnaire was distributed to Years 1, 2 and 3 DHDTS at the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy (UPDA), during spring 2017. Data were collected on students’ perception of levels of well-being, mindset, and sense of coherence before, and three weeks after, attending an optional resilience workshop. Statistical analyses were undertaken using SPSSTM software. Paired Samples tests were carried out and the level for a statistically significant difference was set at p<0.05. 

Results - The response rate for participants who had completed both pre and post-workshop questionnaires, and attended the workshop, was 26% (n=19). There was asignificant increase (p<0.05) in reported levels of self-compassion and manageabilityof situations (coherence) after attending the workshop. All respondents reported apositive shift in their perception of valued living, understanding of self, and stress mindset, but they were not significant. 

Conclusions - Taking part in a one-hour workshop, and completing a post session workbook, had a positive effect in the way DHDTS understood stress, and shows promising results of the positive impact that such workshops could have on the resiliency and well-being of students in the dental undergraduate training environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-9
JournalAnnual Clinical Journal of Dental Health
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


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