Mapping of Vocal Risk in Amateur Choir

Mapping of Vocal Risk in Amateur Choir

Author Rosa, Milka Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Behlau, Mara Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Abstract Objectives. The study aimed to investigate and map the existence of vocal risk in amateur singers, analyzing the contribution of general voice signs and symptoms, specific singing handicap, and generalized anxiety. Study Design. This is a cross-sectional study. Methods. The sample comprised 526 volunteer amateur choristers-186 male and 340 female-(mean age of 42.07 years) from different choirs in the region of Sao Paulo. Three questionnaires were used: the Voice Symptom Scale (VoiSS), the Modern Singing Handicap Index (MSHI), and the Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item (GAD-7) scale. Results. The mean total score obtained on the VoiSS was 17.57, which is almost two points higher than the protocol's passing score (16). The choristers who scored higher or equal to 16 points (51.5%, n = 271)-considered at vocal risk-and the group who scored less than 16 points (48.5%, n = 255)-healthy group-were analyzed separately. The risk group presented a mean total score of 26.34 on the VoiSS and 20.97 on the MSHI, with higher deviation on the impairment subscale, followed by the disability and handicap subscales, along with mild anxiety. The healthy group presented a mean total score of 8.27 on the VoiSS and 6.11 on the MSHI, also with higher deviation in the impairment subscale, followed by disability and handicap, and a minimum level of anxiety. Conclusion. Even in leisure activities, vocal care is necessary for the correct use of the singing voice, which demands individual adaptations. The use of protocols for voice symptoms and singing handicap has revealed the possibility of amateur choristers to present vocal risk.
Keywords voice
quality of life
xmlui.dri2xhtml.METS-1.0.item-coverage New York
Language English
Sponsor Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Date 2017
Published in Journal Of Voice. New York, v. 31, n. 1, p. -, 2017.
ISSN 0892-1997 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Mosby-Elsevier
Extent -
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000392619900040

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