Exploring Attitudes of Indian Classical Singers Toward Seeking Vocal Health Care

Gunjawate, Dhanshree R and Aithal, Venkataraja U and Guddattu, Vasudeva and Kishore, Amrutha and Rajashekhar, B (2016) Exploring Attitudes of Indian Classical Singers Toward Seeking Vocal Health Care. Journal of Voice, 30 (6). pp. 23-26. ISSN 0892-1997

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Summary: Objective. The attitude of Indian classical singers toward seeking vocal health care is a dimension yet to be explored. The current study was aimed to determine the attitudes of these singers toward seeking vocal health care and further understand the influence of age and gender.Study design. Cross-sectional.Method. A 10-item self-report questionnaire adapted from a study on contemporary commercial music singers was used. An additional question was added to ask if the singer was aware about the profession and role of speechlanguage pathologists (SLPs). The questionnaire was administered on 55 randomly selected self-identified trained Indian classical singers who rated the items using a five- oint Likert scale. Demographic variables were summarized using descriptive statistics and t test was used to compare the mean scores between genders and age groups.Results. Of the singers, 78.2% were likely to see a doctor for heath-related problems, whereas 81.8% were unlikely to seek medical care for voice-related problems; the difference was statistically significant (P < 0.001). Responses for the questions assessing the attitudes toward findings from medical examination by a specialist revealed a statistically significant difference (P = 0.02) between the genders. Age did not have a significant influence on the responses. Only 23.6% of the respondents were aware about the profession and the role of SLPs.Conclusion. The findings are in tune with western literature reporting hesitation of singers toward seeking vocal health care and draws attention of SLPs to promote their role in vocal health awareness and management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indian classical singers; Attitudes; Vocal health care; Healthcare; Seeking behaviors; Singing voice
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Speech and Hearing
Departments at MU > Statistics
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2017 04:32
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2017 04:32
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/148692

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