Relationship Between the Perception of Hypernasality and Social Judgments in School-Aged Children

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This study investigated both the ability of children to rate nasality and the relationship of those ratings to expert ratings and social acceptance judgments.


A total of 10 speech samples were judged for nasality by 44 children ranging in age from 8 to 11 and by an expert judge. Listeners rated nasality on a 3-point response scale. The peer listeners also made five social acceptance ratings about each speaker.


Kappas for interrater reliability were moderate to substantial. There was no difference between peer ratings and expert ratings. As ratings of nasality increased, social acceptance ratings became more negative.


Professionals who evaluate and treat children with cleft palate should consider the negative social consequences of even mild hypernasality.

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