alexa The effects of self-disclosure and non self-disclosure of stuttering on listeners’ perceptions of a person who stutters
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior

Author(s): E Charles Healey, Rodney M Gabel, Derek E Daniels, Nori Kawai

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The aim of this study was to examine listener perceptions of an adult male person who stutters (PWS) who did or did not disclose his stuttering. Ninety adults who do not stutter individually viewed one of three videotaped monologues produced by a male speaker with severe stuttering. In one monologue, 30 listeners heard the speaker disclose stuttering at the beginning and in another monologue, 30 listeners heard the speaker disclose stuttering at the end. A third group of 30 listeners viewed a monologue where no disclosure of stuttering occurred. After listeners viewed a monologue, they were asked to rate a set of six Likert scale statements and answer three open-ended questions. The results showed that only one of six Likert statements was significantly different across the three conditions. The only statement that was different was that the speaker was perceived to be significantly more friendly when disclosing stuttering at the end of the monologue than when not disclosing stuttering. There were no significant differences between the percentage of positive and negative comments made by listeners across the three conditions. Listeners’ comments to each open-ended question showed they were comfortable listening to stuttering with or without disclosure and slightly more than half of the listeners believed their perceptions of the speaker did not change when he disclosed stuttering. The results also showed that the speaker who disclosed stuttering at the beginning of the monologue received significantly more positive listener comments than when he disclosed stuttering at the end of the monologue. Results are discussed relative to comparisons with the Collins and Blood (1990) study, the clinical relevance of acknowledging stuttering as a component of treatment, and future research on the self-disclosure of stuttering.

This article was published in Journal of Fluency Disorders and referenced in Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior

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