The Effects of Stuttering on Systolic Blood Pressure Contrary to most hypotheses that suttering and anxiety are positively correlated, some evidence suggests that stuttering reduces stress. This investigation was undertaken to determine the effects of stuttering on level of systolic blood pressure. Sixteen adult male stutterers were measured before and after stress (electroshock) in each of five treatments: ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1973
The Effects of Stuttering on Systolic Blood Pressure
 
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  • Barbara Dabul
    Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic, Los Angeles, California
  • William H. Perkins
    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1973
The Effects of Stuttering on Systolic Blood Pressure
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1973, Vol. 16, 586-591. doi:10.1044/jshr.1604.586
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1973, Vol. 16, 586-591. doi:10.1044/jshr.1604.586

Contrary to most hypotheses that suttering and anxiety are positively correlated, some evidence suggests that stuttering reduces stress. This investigation was undertaken to determine the effects of stuttering on level of systolic blood pressure. Sixteen adult male stutterers were measured before and after stress (electroshock) in each of five treatments: high stuttering, low stuttering, chewing, finger tapping, and time. Systolic blood pressure for the high-stuttering level was significantly lower for 15 of the 16 subjects than were the values for low stuttering, chewing, finger tapping, and time. These results indicate that stuttering can reduce stress-elevated systolic blood pressure.

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