Perception and identification of voice disorders: A comparison study between Hispanic and non-Hispanics

Jacqueline Nicole Lopez, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

The extent of public education in the Hispanic population regarding voice disorders has been unidentified thus far, motivating the current study to assess knowledge and perception of functional and organic voice disorders among Hispanic individuals in the El Paso region. The project involved an experimental research design to investigate whether demographic variables influenced the accuracy of knowledge of voice disorders in the general population residing in the Greater El Paso Region. Results indicate that the majority of the participants perceive articulation, fluency, and voice disorders as interchangeable and are unaware of the role of medical and rehabilitation professionals in the treatment of voice disorders. Although statistically significant differences exist between Hispanic and non-Hispanic cohorts on certain tasks, low composite scores exemplify the need for increased awareness of voice disorders and medical and rehabilitative options in both Hispanic and non-Hispanic populations.^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Speech Pathology

Recommended Citation

Lopez, Jacqueline Nicole, "Perception and identification of voice disorders: A comparison study between Hispanic and non-Hispanics" (2010). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1477803.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI1477803

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