Social participation and speech impairment in Parkinson's disease

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Show simple item record Brown, Adam en Rowley, David T. en Brown, Brian J. en 2012-03-21T10:09:16Z 2012-03-21T10:09:16Z 2012-03
dc.identifier.citation Brown, A., Rowley, D.T. and Brown, B. (2012) Social Participation and Speech Impairment in Parkinson's Disease. International Motor Speech Conference, Santa Rosa CA en
dc.description.abstract Background: although speech impairment and intelligibility have been investigated in some detail in Parkinson’s disease, relatively little is known about the specific impact of these factors on social functioning. Aims: the aims of this study were to investigate the effect of level of intelligibility on social communication. Method and Procedure: two groups of speakers with Parkinson’s disease, differentiated by level of intelligibility as mildly and moderately impaired, and a matched, non-neurologically involved control group were compared using measures of social anxiety, social activity type and frequency and social network size and composition. Results and Outcome: social anxiety and frequency of engagement in social situations did not differ significantly between groups. Overall range of social activities did not differ between groups. Unimpaired speakers reported more leisure activities and greater frequency of activity. Speakers with PD reported more organised activities. Satisfaction with number of social activities was significantly worse among PD speakers. Size of social network did not differ significantly by group but severity of speech involvement affected network composition. Conclusion: poorer intelligibility in this population was not significantly associated with negative changes to patterns of social activity. Social anxiety and social network size were not affected by speech impairment. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Dysarthria en
dc.subject social participation en
dc.subject Parkinson's disease en
dc.subject social networks en
dc.subject social anxiety en
dc.title Social participation and speech impairment in Parkinson's disease en
dc.type Conference en
dc.researchgroup Participation & Social Justice
dc.researchgroup Human Communication Studies
dc.researchgroup Psychology
dc.researchgroup Health Policy
dc.researchgroup Health Policy Research Unit
dc.peerreviewed Yes en

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