Stress and Oral Health-Related Quality of Life Among a Sample of College-Educated Black Men

Patrick D. Smith, Marcus Murray, Andre Moore, Juaquan Savage, Lorel E. Burns

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This study assessed if higher levels of self-reported stress were associated with selfreported oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) among a sample of college-educated Black men. Using a community-based participatory approach, a questionnaire was developed and distributed using two validated instruments, the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory and the Oral Health Impact Profile-14. Eighty men completed the questionnaire, with 58.8% reporting Holmes-Rahe scores above 150 (mean=209, SD=175.2). The highest OHIP-14 mean ratings on a scale of 0 to 3 were for feeling self-conscious (mean=.67), painful aching (mean=.55), feeling embarrassed (mean=.49), and eating discomfort (mean=0.48). Among participants with Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory scores above 150, mean OHRQoL levels were significantly higher for domains of painful aching (p=.007), eating discomfort (p=.038), feeling self-conscious (.006), and experiencing tense feelings (.049). Higher stress levels may be associated with college-educated Black men’s experiences of oral health-related physical pain and psychological discomfort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-20
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2023


  • African Americans
  • Oral health
  • health disparities
  • men’s health
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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