Behavioral Rigidity in Stutterers Twelve young adult male stutterers were compared with a matched control group in a test developed to assess several dimensions of “behavioral rigidity.” The test yields rigidity scores in three areas: Motor-Cognitive, Personality-Perceptual, and Psychomotor Speed—as well as a Composite Rigidity score expressing the over-all test performance. Stutterers were found ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1966
Behavioral Rigidity in Stutterers
 
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  • M. E. Wingate
    University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1966
Behavioral Rigidity in Stutterers
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1966, Vol. 9, 626-629. doi:10.1044/jshr.0904.626
History: Received September 30, 1965
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1966, Vol. 9, 626-629. doi:10.1044/jshr.0904.626
History: Received September 30, 1965

Twelve young adult male stutterers were compared with a matched control group in a test developed to assess several dimensions of “behavioral rigidity.” The test yields rigidity scores in three areas: Motor-Cognitive, Personality-Perceptual, and Psychomotor Speed—as well as a Composite Rigidity score expressing the over-all test performance.

Stutterers were found to evidence more rigidity than the controls in only the Motor-Cognitive dimension. The findings are consistent with the results of earlier studies suggesting that perseveration does not exist as a general factor in stutterers, but that stutterers do evidence less flexibility in mental tests requiring a rapid and contiguous change of set. On the other hand, the findings contradict the hypothesis that “moral rigidity” is a trait typical of stutterers.

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