First Advisor

Megann McGill

Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Speech and Hearing Sciences and University Honors


Speech and Hearing Sciences




Stuttering, Indian, Indian American, Stigma, Self-Perceptions, Access to Speech Therapy


Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate the intersectional identities of Indian and Indian American people who stutter and explore how their multicultural and/or multilingual identities contribute to their self-perceptions and experiences of disability.

Method: Five Indian or Indian American adults (all male) who stuttered participated in a semi-structured interview via Zoom. Interview transcripts were analyzed using a phenomenological qualitative research methods process. The qualitative research process included in-vivo coding, identification of categories, and emergence of themes.

Results: Participants reported both unique and shared experiences related to their stuttering and their multicultural and multilingual backgrounds. Four major themes from the interviews emerged: 1) Descriptions of Stuttering, 2) Multicultural/Multilingual variables related to Stuttering, 3) Community and Self-Perceptions of Stuttering, 4) and Stuttering Treatment.

Conclusion: Qualitative results indicate that there was a lack of awareness around stuttering and disability in India, and a lack of access to treatment and resources for stuttering. Participants all reported that they held negative self-perceptions of their stutter due to family, friends, cultural and societal factors at some point in their lives. Most participants reported their current view of their stuttering is neutral to positive.


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