Attitudes of stuttering within the social networks of people who stutter

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dc.contributor Barber, Angela B.
dc.contributor Tetnowski, John
dc.contributor Scofield, Jason M.
dc.contributor.advisor Buhr, Anthony P. Hawkins, Haley 2019-08-01T14:24:28Z 2019-08-01T14:24:28Z 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003352
dc.identifier.other Hawkins_alatus_0004M_13843
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study examined attitudes about stuttering in the social networks of people who stutter. This study included seven people who stutter (PWS) as well as 21 other participants across the social networks of the PWS. The PWS were asked to identify up to five individuals they consider to be close to, constituting the inner “circle” of their social network. These individuals were asked to identify two acquaintances and two strangers of the PWS to also participate in the study, constituting the outer circles of the social network. However, low participation rate made it possible to examine only the inner circle. A series of surveys were administered to the PWS and all recruited participants to assess how attitudes toward stuttering change as a function of the “distance” from the PWS, and to evaluate the prevalence of negative attitudes (i.e., stigma) about stuttering in the network. Results showed that perceived stigma was similar between PWS and those in their social networks. In addition, PWS rated their overall experiences of stuttering and the level of debilitation as less negative than their social networks. The perceived closeness of the individuals did not appear to have a major impact on the attitudes about stuttering. One limitation of the study is that stigma of stuttering proved to be an obstacle to studying the stigma itself. This suggests a need for more communication about stuttering within the networks of PWS.
dc.format.extent 36 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
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dc.subject.other Speech therapy
dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.title Attitudes of stuttering within the social networks of people who stutter
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Communicative Disorders Speech Language Pathology The University of Alabama master's M.S.

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