First Advisor

Megann McGill

Date of Award

3-19-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

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

Department

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Language

English

Subjects

Speech and Hearing Sciences, Stuttering, Self-Perception

DOI

10.15760/honors.998

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of the current pilot study is to analyze the accuracy of self-rating of stuttering frequency as compared to clinician calculations of stuttering frequency in order to further examine possible factors that affect the accuracy of a stutterer’s self-rating of their overt stuttering.

Method: Three participants (i.e., one child, one teen, one adult) self-rated their perceptions of their stuttering frequency on a scale of 1-5 after three telepractice speech therapy sessions. Each of the telepractice therapy sessions were recorded and reviewed asynchronously after the session to conduct a disfluency count with a 300-word sample and calculate the percentage of words stuttered for each client. The participants self-ratings were then analyzed for accuracy in comparison to the calculated percent of words stuttered.

Results: Pilot results revealed a potential inverse relationship between age and accuracy of clients’ self-perception of stuttering frequency. The child client was the most accurate in their self-ratings and the adult client was the least accurate in their self-ratings of stuttering frequency. A consistent self-rating pattern was noted across the three therapy sessions, with two of the three clients reporting the same self-rating for all sessions, despite variability in clinician calculations of percent words stuttered.

Conclusion: Results of the current pilot study indicate that children may be more accurate in self-appraising their stuttering frequency when compared to teen and adult clients. The impact of covert stuttering on clients’ self-ratings and clinical implications are discussed.

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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/35153

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