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

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Abstract

Purpose:

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

Method:

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.

Results:

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.

Conclusion:

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

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