Date of Award
Master of Arts
Speech Language Pathology
Miriam van Mersbergen
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Lawrence, Taylor, "The Relation between Eating Disorders and Voice Disorders" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1986.