Abstract

The aim of the present study is to investigate the extent to which life partners understand the emotional impact stuttering has on their loved one who stutters. This was accomplished by administering the Speech Situation Checklist - Emotional Reaction (SSC-ER), a subtest of the Behavior Assessment Battery (BAB; Vanryckeghem & Brutten, 2018) via Qualtrics, an online survey software, to the participants who stutter and a modified version of the SSC-ER to their life partner. No significant differences and a positive correlation were observed between groups (people who stutter (PWS) and their life partner (LP) as it relates to total score on the SSC-ER. Gender, age, and duration of relationship, overall, were not confounding variables that affected the total score. Internal reliability was high across both the SSC-ER and its modified version. All items on the test correlated significantly with the total score with the exception of items 8 and 13 for PWS and items 6, 13, and 36 for LPs. Between-group item analysis revealed that the majority of test items did not differ significantly with the exception of six items: 3, 4, 13, 19, 26, and 27. The aforementioned items follow the construct pertaining to fixed sounds and/or words. The findings in this investigation provide evidence that LPs have a general understanding of the anxiety levels their partner who stutters experiences as it relates to communication situations.

Graduation Date

2018

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Vanryckeghem, Martine

Degree

Master of Arts (M.A.)

College

College of Health and Public Affairs

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree Program

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0007221

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0007253

Language

English

Release Date

August 2018

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

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