Communicative-Behavior Of Mothers Of Stuttering And Nonstuttering High-Risk Children Prior To The Onset Of Stuttering
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Fluency Disord.
YOUNG STUTTERERS; SPEECH RATE; DISFLUENCY; PATTERNS; Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology; Education, Special; Linguistics; Rehabilitation
This portion of a multiyear prospective study was designed to investigate the communicative style, speaking rate, and language complexity of 93 mothers of preschool children with a parental history of stuttering. At the initial session none of the children sampled was regarded as being a stutterer. One year later, 26 of the children were classified as stutterers. Statistical analyses revealed that prior to the onset of stuttering the mothers of these children did not differ from the mothers of the children who continued to be seen as nonstutterers with respect to either communicative style or speaking rate The only significant difference between the two groups of mothers was the complexity of their language. The pre-onset mean lengths of utterance (MLUs) of the mothers of children who later came to be regarded as stutterers were significantly shorter than those of the mothers whose children continued to be viewed as being fluent. These findings suggest that the communicative behavior of mothers of normally fluent children do not contribute to the development of stuttering.
Journal of Fluency Disorders
"Communicative-Behavior Of Mothers Of Stuttering And Nonstuttering High-Risk Children Prior To The Onset Of Stuttering" (1995). Faculty Bibliography 1990s. 1375.