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Title: Predictive Risk Factors and Occupational Impact of Self-Perceived Voice Problems in Preschool-Kindergarten versus First- to Sixth-Grade Teachers
Authors: Kyriakou, Kyriaki 
Theodorou, Elena 
Petinou, Kakia 
Phinikettos, Ioannis 
Major Field of Science: Medical and Health Sciences
Field Category: Clinical Medicine
Keywords: Occupational impact;Predictive risk factors;Teachers;Voice problems
Issue Date: May-2022
Source: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 2022, vol. 74, no. 3, pp. 176–185
Volume: 74
Issue: 3
Start page: 176
End page: 185
Journal: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica 
Abstract: Aim: The aim of this investigation was to complete a further analysis of existing data to compare risk factors of voice problems as well as create a hierarchical ranking of risk factors in preschool-kindergarten and 1st- to 6th-grade teachers in order to develop a voice hygiene program and prioritize its goals for each group of teachers. Methods: An online survey was completed by 148 preschool-kindergarten and 301 1st- to 6th-grade public school teachers. Participants were divided into four groups, preschool-kindergarten and 1st- to 6th-grade teachers with no self-perceived voice disorders and preschool-kindergarten and 1st- to 6th-grade teachers with self-perceived voice disorders. A χ2 test and a multivariate logistic regression model were used to examine the differences in answers between the preschool-kindergarten teachers with and without voice disorders and the 1st- to 6th-grade teachers with and without voice disorders and to identify the most important predictors. Results: The significant predictors for preschool-kindergarten teachers are frequently or sometimes continuing to talk after a breath cycle and being exposed to an excessive or a lot of noise generated in the classroom. The significant predictors for 1st- to 6th-grade teachers include having short breaks between classes and continuing to talk frequently after a breath cycle. Conclusions: Job-related risk factors in preschool-kindergarten and in 1st- to 6th-grade teachers may vary. Therefore, a preventative vocal hygiene education program specifically tailored for each population of teachers is suggested.
ISSN: 1421-9972
DOI: 10.1159/000518767
Rights: © S. Karger AG
Type: Article
Affiliation : Cyprus University of Technology 
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