Stuttering and Romantic Attractiveness: A Qualitative Investigation
Ntoumanis, Christos Arsenios
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the attitudes of young adults towards the romantic attractiveness of peers who stutter using qualitative methods. It also aimed to discuss the possibility and implications of forming a relationship with a peer who stutters. To this end, four male and four female fluent young adults were presented with audio samples recorded by one male and one female volunteers imitating stuttering in two different degrees of severity; mild and severe stuttering. In the semi-structured interviews that followed, participants were asked about their impressions of the samples presented, differentiating between the two degrees of stuttering severity. Moreover, participants were asked to discuss about their general preferred romantic attributes and how these relate to a potential romantic partner who stutters. Participants then expressed their views on whether stuttering would reduce a peer's romantic attractiveness. In the final part of the interviews, participants were required to comment on the possibility of forming different types of relationships with a peer who stutters, and discuss any implications they would expect to occur because of these relationships. In particular it was asked to discriminate between (a) short-term romantic relationships, (b) long-term romantic relationship and (c) "friends only". Findings indicated that stuttering would not necessarily reduce a peer‟s attractiveness, which was found to depend on the way stuttering is handled. Moreover, to some extend all three types of relationships were reported as equally possible by the participants without significant implications. The findings also provided insight into the effects of stuttering severity, negative perceptions and the feelings expressed towards peers who stutter. Clinicians need to be aware of the variety of views and attitudes towards the romantic opportunity of people who stutter, and consequently the difficulties that young adults who stutter may face in this important aspect of social development. Educational objectives: The reader of this study will be able to (a) discuss the extent to which romantic attractiveness and relationship formation in young adults are affected by stuttering (b) discuss the variety of attitudes and feelings expressed towards people who stutter (c) discuss the effect of negative perceptions and stereotypes on the presentation of peers who stutter.
B.Sc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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