Secondary school children’s attitudes and social acceptance towards peers with a stammer
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The negative stigma that stammerers face in society has been well researched and documented since the 1950’s, but a gap in evaluating the importance of secondary school children’s attitudes towards peers who stammer has been identified, as well as how such attitudes vary according to the severity of stammer they are presented with. This research took place in a secondary school, with a total of 127 participants aged twelve to seventeen. A quantitative experimental approach was used using a Likert scale based questionnaire and video stimuli of two subjects, both with a mild and severe stammer. Participants were asked watch the video stimuli containing two different stammering severities, and to complete statements in the questionnaire according to how strongly they agreed with them. Eighty percent of participants showed negative attitudes towards the stammerers, with results showing significant findings in regards to participant age and severity of stammering. The non significant findings in regards to participant gender query the usefulness of this variable when discriminating attitudes towards children who stammer. Such findings reveal that despite attitudes towards stammerers becoming less negative as participants get older, attitudes still remain significantly negative. Findings support the need for a raised awareness of stammering in secondary school aged children, which can be done using awareness raising schemes such as the Teasing and Bullying: Unacceptable Behaviours (TAB) programme, and by also increasing pupil contact with a person who stammers. Educational objectives: The reader will be able to: 1. Summarize the social impacts that stammering has on secondary school aged children who stammer. 2. Provide information about the proportion of participants who hold negative attitudes towards children who stammer 3. Evaluate participant age, participant gender and severity of stammer as discriminators of attitudes assigned to peers who stammer. As to be published in the Journal of Fluency Disorders.
B.Sc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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