Voice hygiene evaluation at 7 th and 8 th grade secondary school students at voice change period via vocal health test
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Voice hygiene is an important part of voice training process, so voice hygiene should be taken care for a healthy voice. This study which is conducted to evaluate voice hygiene of secondary school students who are at voice change period at 7th and 8th grade is a scanning model. Study group consists of 297 students in total, 142 male and 155 female students at the age of 13-15 who are studying at 7th and 8th grade of randomly chosen public schools in Meram Region of Konya. An analysis of the differences between the Vocal Health Test points according to the age, gender and grade variables of the students participating in the study was made. The Turkish adaptation was made by experts in the field and linguists. While the test is being prepared, each question was examined by the experts in the field for the validity of the scope, and it was stated that the questions represent the measured characteristic, they are also clear and understandable. As a result of the study, significant differences in Vocal Health Test points according to gender was found (P <0.05). The Vocal Health Test point of females is lower than that of males, and it can be said that females are more at risk of voice hygiene than males. There is a meaningful difference between vocal health test points in terms of age groups (P<0.05). The Vocal Health Test points of the students at the age of 14-15 are lower than the ones at the age of 13. It might be thought that voice change period is experienced more specifically at the age of 14-15, thus, if not paid attention, voice hygiene problem increases. When the grades are considered in terms of points, there is a significant difference between 7th grade and 8th grade students (P<0.05). It can be said that the 8th grade students are more inclined to have voice hygiene problems when compared to 7th grades. Analysis results between grade and age support each other. © 2018 by authors. All rights reserved.