Motor neuron disease : the impact of decreased speech intelligibility on marital communication

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dc.contributor.author Joubert, Karin
dc.contributor.author Bornman, Juan
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-17T08:41:24Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-17T08:41:24Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: The onset of motor neuron disease (MND), a neurodegenerative disease, results in physical and communication disabilities that impinge on an individual’s ability to remain functionally independent. Multiple aspects of the marital relationship are affected by the continuously changing roles and responsibilities. Communication is one of the most constructive ways of dealing with emotions that are elicited by these changes. METHOD: This study explored the association between the deteriorating speech of persons with MND and couples’ perception of marital communication. Fourteen couples participated in this non-experimental correlational research study. Data were collected over a 12-month period through the administration of objective and subjective measures. RESULTS: Results showed that despite decreased speech intelligibility, the relationship between the deteriorating speech and the couples’ perception of marital communication was not statistically significant. CONCLUSION: Overall, the results proved that the supposition that communication between couples will invariably deteriorate as a result of progressively reduced speech intelligibility is not necessarily valid. The fundamental importance of effective communication in marriage is highlighted. It is well established that augmentative and alternative communication strategies can preserve the ability to develop and maintain intimate rewarding relationships, even in the face of profound physical disabilities. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2013 en_US
dc.description.uri http://www.safpj.co.za en_US
dc.identifier.citation Joubert, K & Bornman, J 2012, 'Motor neuron disease : the impact of decreased speech intelligibility on marital communication', South African Family Practice, vol. 54, no. 4, pp. 332-338. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1026-9177 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1726-426X (online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/21980
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher South African Academy of Family Practice/Primary Care en_US
dc.rights © SAAFP en_US
dc.subject Dysarthria en
dc.subject Motor neuron disease (MND) en
dc.subject.lcsh Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis en
dc.subject.lcsh Motor neurons -- Diseases en
dc.subject.lcsh People with disabilities -- Means of communication en
dc.subject.lcsh Articulation disorders en
dc.subject.lcsh Communication in marriage en
dc.subject.lcsh Automatic speech recognition en
dc.subject.lcsh Spouses en
dc.title Motor neuron disease : the impact of decreased speech intelligibility on marital communication en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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