Kuwaiti Teachers’ Perceptions of Voice Handicap

Sana A. Albustan, Basem S. Marie, Yaser S. Natour, Wesam B. Darawsheh

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Objectives: The study aimed to investigate the effects of age, gender, level of education, experience, and class level taught on the perception of voice handicap by Kuwaiti teachers using the Arabic version of the Voice Handicap Index (VHI-Arab). The mean VHI scores of Kuwaiti teachers were compared with those of Jordanian and Emirati teachers. Methods: The study had a cross-sectional survey design. A total of 460 individuals (100 controls and 360 teachers) participated in this study and completed the paper copy of the VHI-Arab. We recruited 360 teachers, 180 males and 180 females (age range: 20–50 years), from 60 schools in 6 Kuwaiti districts. Teachers’ VHI scores were compared with 100 nonteaching voice users (50 males and 50 females, with an age range of 18–42 years). Results: Female teachers scored significantly higher than male teachers in all subscales (ie, physical: P = 0.02; emotional: P = 0.007; total: P = 0.017), except for the functional subscale (P = 0.147). Elementary school teachers scored significantly higher than teachers of other levels (middle and high school) in all VHI subscales (physical: P = 0.047; emotional: P = 0.01; total: P = 0.039), except for the functional subscale (P = 0.47). The mean score of Jordanian teachers was higher than that of Kuwaiti and Emirati teachers in all VHI subscales. Conclusions: Teachers with a more favorable teaching environment scored better on the VHI. Gender differences were found in all the Arabic nationalities studied. Female teachers of the elementary level, in particular, should be the focus of attention of efforts to prevent voice damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-324
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Voice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Occupational health
  • Occupational voice users
  • Perception of handicap
  • Teachers
  • Voice Handicap Index (VHI-Arab)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • LPN and LVN
  • Speech and Hearing


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