Coping With Dysphonia–How Do They Do It? Coping is a key concept in psychological medicine and refers to the way in which people deal with the stress of illness. Voice disorders may have pervasive effects upon the individual's life beyond the vocal impairment, yet there is little reference in the current literature as to how people cope ... Article
Article  |   March 2011
Coping With Dysphonia–How Do They Do It?
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ruth Epstein
    Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital and Ear Institute, University CollegeLondon, UK
  • Shashivadan P. Hirani
    Health Services Research, School of Community and Health sciences, City UniversityLondon, UK
  • © 2011 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Articles
Article   |   March 2011
Coping With Dysphonia–How Do They Do It?
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2011, Vol. 21, 24-30. doi:10.1044/vvd21.1.24
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2011, Vol. 21, 24-30. doi:10.1044/vvd21.1.24

Coping is a key concept in psychological medicine and refers to the way in which people deal with the stress of illness. Voice disorders may have pervasive effects upon the individual's life beyond the vocal impairment, yet there is little reference in the current literature as to how people cope with voice problems. The purpose of this article is to provide a brief review of coping and its evaluation and to explore cultural differences and coping styles in individuals with voice disorders. The implications for voice therapy also are discussed.

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