Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Speech Language Pathology

Committee Member

Naomi Eichorn

Committee Member

Miriam van Mersbergen

Committee Member

Idia Thurston


Objective. The purpose of this study is to determine the relation between specific eating disorder diagnoses/purging behaviors and voice disorders. Method. One hundred-nine participants with eating disorders completed a survey inquiring about eating disorder symptoms, purging behaviors, and voice disorder symptoms. Participants also completed the Eating Disorders Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q), Voice Handicap Index (VHI), and the Reflux Symptom Index (RSI). Results. The prevalence of voice disorders among the group with eating disorders was 21.88%. Of those with both eating disorders and voice disorders, anorexia nervosa appeared to be more prevalent in this group than bulimia nervosa. In addition, purging behaviors of exercise presented with a higher prevalence of voice problems than vomiting. Conclusion. Individuals with eating disorders seem to be at a higher risk for voice disorders than the general population. Anorexia nervosa and exercise as a purging method were identified as the highest risk factors for voice disorders.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.