Attitudes of College Career Counselors Towards Stuttering and People Who Stutter Research has addressed college students who stutter and perceptions of instructors, peers, and romantic partners. Yet, there have been no studies on the perceptions of college career counselors on stuttering and persons who stutter (PWS). The purpose of this study was to answer two questions: (1) what are college career ... Article
Article  |   April 22, 2016
Attitudes of College Career Counselors Towards Stuttering and People Who Stutter
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ronda Walker
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • Robert Mayo
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • Kenneth O. St. Louis
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
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  • Financial: Ronda Walker, Robert Mayo, and Kenneth O. St. Louis have no financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Ronda Walker, Robert Mayo, and Kenneth O. St. Louis have no financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Portions of this paper were presented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Orlando, FL.
    Nonfinancial: Portions of this paper were presented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Orlando, FL.×
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Part 1
Article   |   April 22, 2016
Attitudes of College Career Counselors Towards Stuttering and People Who Stutter
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2016, Vol. 1, 44-53. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG4.44
History: Received October 21, 2015 , Revised December 15, 2015 , Accepted December 15, 2015
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2016, Vol. 1, 44-53. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG4.44
History: Received October 21, 2015; Revised December 15, 2015; Accepted December 15, 2015

Research has addressed college students who stutter and perceptions of instructors, peers, and romantic partners. Yet, there have been no studies on the perceptions of college career counselors on stuttering and persons who stutter (PWS). The purpose of this study was to answer two questions: (1) what are college career counselors' opinions or attitudes about stuttering and people who stutter? and (2) do college career counselors believe that they can help college students who stutter in their search for employment? Ninety-one electronic surveys, consisting of the Public Opinion Survey of Human Attributes-Stuttering (POSHA-S), were distributed to college and career counselors. Twenty-one of the surveys were completed. The counselors' responses were measured against respondents representing the public in the POSHA-S database. While career counselors exhibited more positive attitudes towards stuttering and PWS than the general public, only 57% of these professionals believed that PWS can work in any job they want and only 4% thought a PWS can be helped by a college career counselor. The findings suggest opportunities for speech-language pathologists to educate counselors about stuttering and PWS so that both groups of professionals might collaborate to assist college students who stutter successfully negotiate their entry into the working world.

Special Thanks
The authors wish to thank Dr. Patrick Madsen for providing access to college career counselors through the SoACE and NCACE organizations.
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