The identification of psychological and social processes involved in Psychogenic Voice Disorder.

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Austin, Catherine 1997. The identification of psychological and social processes involved in Psychogenic Voice Disorder. Prof Doc Thesis University of East London School of Psychology
AuthorsAustin, Catherine
TypeProf Doc Thesis
Abstract

The research aimed to identify the psychological and social processes involved in
Psychogenic Voice Disorder (PVD). Both quantitative and qualitative methodologies
were utilised in this study. The quantitative part of the study consisted of a
questionnaire which sought to assess biographical details of this population and
establish the patient's perception of their voice problem. The qualitative part of the
study consisted of in-depth interviewing based on the principles of grounded theory
and aimed to identify the processes involved in PVD. The patients who took part
were from a Voice Clinic at a London teaching hospital. The results support previous
research which concluded that PVD is a predominantly female disorder. The results
indicate that PVD is caused and maintained by a complex interaction of psychological
and social processes. The main processes in this interaction were found to be,
Conflict over Speaking Out (CSO), background influences, powerlessness, fear of
consequences, musculoskeletal tension, burden of responsibility and avoidance. In
the discussion it is suggested that from the results and in the consideration of the
history of PVD, the patient's perceived social position in society may be the concept
that links the identified processes involved in the causation and maintenance of PVD.
The thesis concludes by briefly considering some areas of future research.

Year1997
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PrintSep 1997
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Deposited06 Jun 2014
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