Reference : Voice Handicap Index Adapted to the Singing Voice
Scientific congresses and symposiums : Unpublished conference
Human health sciences : Otolaryngology
Voice Handicap Index Adapted to the Singing Voice
Morsomme, Dominique mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences cognitives > Logopédie des troubles de la voix >]
Gaspar, Martine mailto [ > > ]
Verduyckt, Ingrid mailto [ > > ]
Jamart, Jacques mailto [ > > ]
Remacle, Marc mailto [ > > ]
37ème Symposium: Care of the professional Voice
du 26 mai au 31 mai 2008
The Voice Foundation
[en] Voice Handicap Index ; Singing Voice ; Subjective Evaluation
[en] The present study is the outcome of 5 former studies aiming at the adaptation of the V.H.I. to singers. We propose in this last version a V.H.I. valid for all types of singer, dysodic or not. The reliability, validity and internal coherence was evaluated on a population of 192 classical singers and 27 non singers.
The comparison of the mean scores at the test and the retest shows that the results at the retest are significantly inferior for the functional scale (p=0.013) and for the global score (p=0.006). The test/re-test stability is good (ICC : Functional scale (F) : 0.869, Emotional scale (E) : 0.846, Physical scale (P) : 0.85, Global score (G) : 0.878/ Spearman’s rho F : 0.855, E : 0.834, P : 0.858, G : 0.886). The internal coherence of each sub scale is good (Cronbach’s alpha : >0.80). The correlation between the 3 subscales is quite high (FvsE : 0,613 /EvsP : 0,737/ FvsP : 0,693) which means that each scale measures a specific dimension but that they are still homogeneous. The test/re-test difference between the singers and the controls are not significant but the control group has a greater variability in their answers (Levene test : F : p<0 .001; P : p=0.009 ; G : p=0.02). Three variables increase the results : being a solist (F : p=0.046; E : p=0.002; P : p=0.056; G : p=0.006), being an amateur (F : p<0.001; E : p=0.019; P : p<0.001; G : p=0.001), having a vocal complaint (F, E, P et G : p<0.001).
In conclusion, this version of the V.H.I is reliable, valid and adapted to the population of classical singers.

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