Parent Verbal Interactions and Speech Rate A Case Study in Stuttering Case Study
Case Study  |   August 01, 1992
Parent Verbal Interactions and Speech Rate
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Barry Guitar
    University of Vermont Burlington
  • Helen Kopff Schaefer
    University of Vermont Burlington
  • Gail Donahue-Kilburg
    University of Vermont Burlington
  • Lynne Bond
    University of Vermont Burlington
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Speech / Case Study
Case Study   |   August 01, 1992
Parent Verbal Interactions and Speech Rate
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, August 1992, Vol. 35, 742-754. doi:10.1044/jshr.3504.742
History: Received January 31, 1991 , Accepted October 4, 1991
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, August 1992, Vol. 35, 742-754. doi:10.1044/jshr.3504.742
History: Received January 31, 1991; Accepted October 4, 1991

This single-case study of indirect stuttering treatment is intended to identify variables for further research. The study used post hoc analyses of changes in parent speech variables and changes in the child’s stuttering. The analysis was conducted in two parts. Study I examined the relationships between the child’s percent syllables stuttered and the parents’ speech rates and percentages of nonaccepting statements, interruptions, questions, nonaccepting questions, and talk time. The only parent variable significantly correlated with the child’s stuttering was the mother’s speech rate. In Study II the child’s percent syllables stuttered were subdivided into primary (effortless) and secondary (tense) stuttering. Each category was then correlated with the parent variables examined previously. Results suggested that the parent variables that were significantly related to the child’s primary stuttering were not the same as those significantly related to her secondary stuttering. Specific parent variables are suggested for further study.

Acknowledgments
This paper is based in part on a presentation at the Convention of the American Speech‐Language‐Hearing Association, Los Angeles, 1981: Guitar, B., Kopff, H., Kilburg, G. D., and Conway, P., Parent verbal interaction and speech rate: A case study in stuttering. This work was supported in part by Public Health Service Grant K07‐00528 and by funding from the Hearst Foundation.
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