Date of Defense

Spring 4-19-1993


Speech Pathology and Audiology

First Advisor

John Hanley, Speech Pathology and Audiology

Second Advisor

Karen Seelig, Speech Pathology and Audiology

Third Advisor

Michael Clark, Speech Pathology and Audiology




Research has substantiated that negative attitudes towards individuals with a broad range of communication disorders. Populations of individuals exhibiting voice disorders, hyper-nasality, lateral lisps, and users of esophageal speech and hearing aids have been addressed. Responses of several types of listener populations have varied from negative evaluation of personality and appearance and negative social responses to negative ratings of achievement and intelligence. A common assumption is that negative biases or impresses such as these lead to inappropriate interactions with and reactions to individuals with communication disorders. Altered beliefs and feelings influence the quality and, in some cases, the quantity of communicative experiences, including both verbal and nonverbal behaviors used for communication.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only