An Investigation of College Students' Knowledge of Stuttering Purpose This study explored college students' basic knowledge of stuttering. Method One hundred eighty college students were interviewed to assess their knowledge of stuttering. Participant responses were coded for core stuttering behaviors and etiology of stuttering. Participants also were asked if they knew someone who stuttered and if ... Article
Article  |   October 10, 2017
An Investigation of College Students' Knowledge of Stuttering
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Amy Shollenbarger
    Arkansas State University, State University, AR
  • Nichole Terry
    Arkansas State University, State University, AR
  • Christina Akbari
    Arkansas State University, State University, AR
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  • Financial: Amy Shollenbarger, Nichole Terry, and Christina Akbari have no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Amy Shollenbarger, Nichole Terry, and Christina Akbari have no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: This research was presented at the annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2015.
    Nonfinancial: This research was presented at the annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2015.×
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Part 2
Article   |   October 10, 2017
An Investigation of College Students' Knowledge of Stuttering
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, October 2017, Vol. 2, 66-77. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG4.66
History: Received November 9, 2016 , Revised May 17, 2017 , Accepted May 19, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, October 2017, Vol. 2, 66-77. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG4.66
History: Received November 9, 2016; Revised May 17, 2017; Accepted May 19, 2017

Purpose This study explored college students' basic knowledge of stuttering.

Method One hundred eighty college students were interviewed to assess their knowledge of stuttering. Participant responses were coded for core stuttering behaviors and etiology of stuttering. Participants also were asked if they knew someone who stuttered and if they were interested in learning more about stuttering.

Results Repetitions were the most frequently described core behavior of stuttering. The majority of participants reported either that they did not know what caused stuttering, or that it was caused by nervousness. Most participants stated that they would like to know more about stuttering. Knowing a person who stuttered did not translate into knowing more about stuttering.

Conclusion College students do not exhibit adequate knowledge about the causes or characteristics of stuttering.

Acknowledgements
We would like to thank the college students who participated in our study.
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