"Teachers' Perceptions of Stutterers" A Replication Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   April 01, 1993
"Teachers' Perceptions of Stutterers"
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Franklin H. Silverman
    Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • Judith H. Marik
    Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   April 01, 1993
"Teachers' Perceptions of Stutterers"
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1993, Vol. 24, 108. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2402.108a
History: Received June 9, 1992 , Accepted September 23, 1992
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1993, Vol. 24, 108. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2402.108a
History: Received June 9, 1992; Accepted September 23, 1992
In the January 1992 issue of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, Lass et al.  reported that elementary and secondary school teachers tend to ascribe negative stereotypical personality traits to female and male children and adults who stutter. The trait most often ascribed was shyness. Others included nervousness, insecurity, and quietness. The authors concluded that their findings indicate a need for pre-service and continuing education programs for teachers.
We recently attempted to replicate their study with a group of 58 sixth to eighth grade teachers from the Racine, Wisconsin, public schools. Each completed the questionnaire used in the Lass et al. study, which “requested respondents to list as many adjectives as they could think of that, in their opinion, accurately described four hypothetical stutterers: (a) a typical 8-year-old female stutterer, (b) a typical 8-year-old male stutterer, (c) a typical adult female stutterer, and (d) a typical adult male stutterer.” The number of years of teaching experience for the group ranged from 1.5 to 30 years, with a mean of 13 years. The majority (78%) indicated that they have known persons who stutter.
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