The Effect of Situational Difficulty on Stuttering Twenty subjects, previously diagnosed as stutterers, were interviewed concerning their feelings and anticipations about entering into four speaking situations varying in degree of difficulty. The following measures were derived from each subject’s interview: a Discomfort-Relief Quotient; frequency of stuttering; and number of words spoken in an interview. Results suggested that ... Research Article
Research Article  |   September 01, 1965
The Effect of Situational Difficulty on Stuttering
 
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  • Jay W. Lerman
    University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
  • George H. Shames
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Research Article   |   September 01, 1965
The Effect of Situational Difficulty on Stuttering
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1965, Vol. 8, 271-280. doi:10.1044/jshr.0803.271
History: Received February 15, 1965
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1965, Vol. 8, 271-280. doi:10.1044/jshr.0803.271
History: Received February 15, 1965

Twenty subjects, previously diagnosed as stutterers, were interviewed concerning their feelings and anticipations about entering into four speaking situations varying in degree of difficulty. The following measures were derived from each subject’s interview: a Discomfort-Relief Quotient; frequency of stuttering; and number of words spoken in an interview.

Results suggested that there was very little difference in the DRQ’s derived from the interview in about three of the four speech situations; a positive correlation did not exist between the degree of anxiety and the frequency of stuttering in an interview; a significant relationship was not present between the number of words verbalized by the stutterer in his anticipation to a situation and the level of anxiety as measured by the DRQ; and situational participation did not significantly affect subsequent DRQ’s.

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