Speaking Fundamental Frequency and Rate Characteristics of Adult Female Schizophrenics Selected speaking characteristics of 37 hospitalized female schizophrenic reaction patients were compared with those of a control group of 22 normal women. Tape recorded samples of oral reading and impromptu speaking were analyzed for mean fundamental frequency level and mean fundamental frequency deviation. The oral reading samples were further analyzed ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1968
Speaking Fundamental Frequency and Rate Characteristics of Adult Female Schizophrenics
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • John H. Saxman
    University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Kenneth W. Burk
    Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1968
Speaking Fundamental Frequency and Rate Characteristics of Adult Female Schizophrenics
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1968, Vol. 11, 194-203. doi:10.1044/jshr.1101.194
History: Received September 1, 1967
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1968, Vol. 11, 194-203. doi:10.1044/jshr.1101.194
History: Received September 1, 1967

Selected speaking characteristics of 37 hospitalized female schizophrenic reaction patients were compared with those of a control group of 22 normal women. Tape recorded samples of oral reading and impromptu speaking were analyzed for mean fundamental frequency level and mean fundamental frequency deviation. The oral reading samples were further analyzed for mean overall and mean sentence reading rates. The patient group was found to use a significantly larger fundamental frequency deviation during oral reading and a significantly slower oral reading rate. Mean fundamental frequency level for the patient group was somewhat higher than that of the control group but not significantly so. Variations in the extent of differences between the patient group and the control group were found as a function of diagnostic subclassification and severity of psychiatric involvement of the patients.

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