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Self-care Behaviors for Orofacial Pain Among Different Racial/Ethnic Groups: Influences of Acculturation and Socioeconomic Status

E Gibson, JL Riley

Citation Information : Gibson E, Riley J. Self-care Behaviors for Orofacial Pain Among Different Racial/Ethnic Groups: Influences of Acculturation and Socioeconomic Status. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2013; 7 (1):47-56.

DOI: 10.5005/johcd-7-1-47

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-12-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).



The aim of this study was to test the influence of acculturation and socioeconomic status on orofacial pain self-care across race/ethnicity stratified by sex among South Florida residents, using a sample of residents of Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida.


This study reports data on respondents who self-endorsed their race and ethnicity as Hispanic, non-Hispanic White, or non-Hispanic Black and reported tooth pain (n=1,767) or jaw joint/face pain (n=1,199). Acculturation was associated with self-care use for pain among Whites and Hispanics. Socioeconomic status (SES) was associated with several self-care behaviors and was most predictive among White women. Acculturation towards other ethnic groups led to differential self-care use dependent on the type of self-care, pain condition, and ethnicity.


Black and Hispanic women were greater users of self-care for orofacial pain than other sex/ethnicities.


The associations between SES and self-care were stronger in White women than in Black and Hispanic women.

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