Speech Fluency Fluctuations during the Menstrual Cycle This study sought to determine whether changes in disfluency characteristics accompany biological and emotional changes during the menstrual cycle. Four extemporaneous speech samples were collected from each of 12 women, one at ovulation (when the average woman experiences her greatest feelings of self-esteem and self-confidence) and one at premenstruation (when ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1975
Speech Fluency Fluctuations during the Menstrual Cycle
 
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  • Ellen-Marie Silverman
    Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Catherine H. Zimmer
    University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   March 01, 1975
Speech Fluency Fluctuations during the Menstrual Cycle
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1975, Vol. 18, 202-206. doi:10.1044/jshr.1801.202
History: Received March 19, 1974 , Accepted July 4, 1974
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1975, Vol. 18, 202-206. doi:10.1044/jshr.1801.202
History: Received March 19, 1974; Accepted July 4, 1974

This study sought to determine whether changes in disfluency characteristics accompany biological and emotional changes during the menstrual cycle. Four extemporaneous speech samples were collected from each of 12 women, one at ovulation (when the average woman experiences her greatest feelings of self-esteem and self-confidence) and one at premenstruation (when she experiences a significant increase in anxiety level) for two consecutive cycles. The mean total frequency of the women’s speech disfluencies produced at premenstruation was significantly greater than the mean total of their speech disfluencies produced at ovulation. The disfluency type that accounted for much of the difference in total frequency of disfluency between the two cycle points was revision-incomplete phrase. The tendency for these nonstutterers to produce more speech disfluencies at premenstruation than at ovulation is similar to a tendency we have observed in stutterers.

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