UCL logo

UCL Discovery

UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

We have a voice: Exploring participants' experiences of Stuttering Modification Therapy

Everard, RA; Howell, P; (2018) We have a voice: Exploring participants' experiences of Stuttering Modification Therapy. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology , 27 (3S) pp. 1273-1286. 10.1044/2018_AJSLP-ODC11-17-0198. Green open access

[img]
Preview
Text
Everard_Howell_AJSLP.pdf - ["content_typename_Accepted version" not defined]

Download (161kB) | Preview

Abstract

PURPOSE: Qualitative data were obtained from 8 people who stutter about their experiences and changes they perceived following attendance of an intensive group therapy intervention. Measures that related to reductions in stuttering, improved communicative confidence, and impacts on stuttering and quality of life were used to complement the qualitative data. METHOD: Eight participants attended a group stuttering modification course for adults who stutter. They reported their experiences of therapy and perceived changes in a focus group immediately after therapy and at a semistructured interview 6 months post-therapy. Participants completed 5 additional quantitative standardized outcome measures at 3 data collection points (before and directly after therapy and 6 months post-therapy). These measures provided information about stuttering severity and frequency, use of avoidance strategies, attitude change, communicative confidence, quality of life, and locus of control. RESULTS: Thematic analysis of the qualitative data identified 4 main areas: thoughts, feelings, and behaviors before therapy and motivation for seeking therapy; direct experience of the course; learning outcomes and challenges and solutions for maintaining change; and ways in which attending therapy had made a difference. These reported changes were supported by the quantitative measures that demonstrated improved communicative confidence; increased self-awareness; affective, behavioral, and cognitive changes; reduced use of avoidance strategies; and lower impact of stuttering on quality of life. CONCLUSIONS: The qualitative analyses confirmed positive speech and attitude changes consequent on participants' attendance at stuttering modification therapy. These changes, further corroborated by quantitative measures, were linked to reports of improved quality of life. Further research is required to investigate the effectiveness of this form of therapy empirically and from the client's perspective.

Type: Article
Title: We have a voice: Exploring participants' experiences of Stuttering Modification Therapy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1044/2018_AJSLP-ODC11-17-0198
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1044/2018_AJSLP-ODC11-17-0198
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10054255
Downloads since deposit
3Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item