ERIC Number: ED285334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Stigmatic Effect of the Voice in Down's Syndrome.
Moran, Michael J.; And Others
To determine whether voice quality affects the way in which children with Down's syndrome are perceived, 24 undergraduate students at Auburn University (Georgia) viewed photographs of children (3 to 13 years old) with Down's syndrome. Two conditions were established: in the first, the photographs were paired with voice samples of the child pictured; in the second, the same photographs were paired with voice samples of non-retarded children. The undergraduates then rated each child on a 12-item semantic differential. The Down's syndrome children were rated significantly more positively when their photographs were paired with voice samples of non-retarded children. The greatest differences were on ratings of confidence and capability. It was concluded that the abnormal voice quality associated with Down's syndrome does have a stigmatizing effect. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Langauage-Hearing Association (Detroit, MI, November 21-24, 1986).