Stammering in adolescence: The perceptions of people who stammer
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Although a wealth of research into adolescence and stammering has been conducted independently, little research has brought these two areas together. Findings from previous research and exploration into the literature make it possible to suggest that adolescence is a particularly difficult period for those who stammer. A greater understanding of this is important for identifying the clinical needs of this particular population. Aim: The aim of this study was to examine six adults’ experiences of stammering during adolescence and to ascertain whether results from this study could contribute to current understanding of stammering during this developmental period. Methods and Procedures: Six semi-structured interviews were conducted, recorded and transcribed verbatim. The interviews and the data analysis were approached from an interpretative phenomenological tradition, involving both description of experience and subjective interpretation. Outcomes and Findings: Analysis revealed seven main themes; demands and advantages of adolescence, reactions to the stammer, coping mechanisms, influences and perceptions of the stammer and careers. The main findings of the study led to the suggestion that not all aspects of stammering during adolescence were perceived negatively. Conclusion: Stammering, at least for these participants, was found to be more important than factors within adolescence. This study also provided evidence of both the consequences and benefits associated with stammering during adolescence. The findings from this study have provided additional data which may contribute to current understanding of stammering during adolescence.
B.Sc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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