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The Distribution and Associated Factors of Perceived Voice Health Problems in Senior High School Teachers in Taipei City
Senior high school teacher
Perceived voice health problem
Voice health knowledge
Voice health behavior
Perveived voice effect
The objective of this study was to investigate the distribution and associated factors of perceived voice health problems for senior high school teachers in Taipei city, and the instrument for data collection was a self-designed and self-reporting questionnaire . The number of the valid samples received was 417 and the response rate was 76%. The conclusion of the outcomes are: 1. In the aspect of perceived voice health problems, there were about 30% of teachers felt low/high note difficulty, throat dryness and tightness; about 20% had tired voice and hoarseness; 2.2% of teachers had been aphonia. The frequency of the appearance of perceived voice health problem in this sample was 46%. 2. In the aspect of perceived voice effect, there were about 5.2% of teachers had took much time and money to improve their voice problem; 3.8% reduced talking with colleagues; 3.6% felt sad because of voice problems. The frequency of the appearance of perceived voice effect in this sample was 28%. 3. In 8 voice health knowledge items, the percentage of teachers’ right answer ratio is 62.3%. 4. In 8 voice health behaviors, the better ones were using a microphone (74.8%) and avoiding eating spicy food; the worse ones were less talking out of class (30.0%) and slower talking (22.8%). The frequency of taking voice health behaviors in this sample was 63%. 5. The voice endurance in this sample was took consecutive three classes, that took consecutive 2-4 classes teachers felt more serious in perceived voice health problems than none; and took consecutive 2-3 classes teachers felt more serious in perceived voice effect than none. 6. The more classes per week, will take more voice health behavior. That had 11-20 classes, or over 21 classes per week, will take more voice health behavior than had 1-10 classes per week. 7. In voice health knowledge and behaviors, female teachers were significant better than male teachers, but felt significant worse than male ones in perceived voice health problems. 8. There were 88.7% of teachers had never join voice health related curriculums, and they were worse than who had ever joined in voice health knowledge and behaviors. 9. 36.9% of teachers took medical treatment because of voice problems, and they were significant worse than who had never done in perceived voice health problems and effects. 10. There was a medium positive relationship between perceived voice health problems and perceived voice effects. 11. Voice health knowledge, voice health behavior, demographic characteristics and teaching characteristics had the abilities to explain the perceived voice health problems was 18.6%.
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