School Administrators’ Perceptions of People Who Stutter A questionnaire asking respondents to list adjectives describing four hypothetical stutterers (a female child, male child, female adult, and male adult) was completed by 42 school administrators in Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, and West Virginia. The majority of reported adjectives were negative stereotypical personality traits, indicating perceptions of people who stutter ... Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1994
School Administrators’ Perceptions of People Who Stutter
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Norman J. Lass, PhD
    West Virginia University, Morgantown
  • Dennis M. Ruscello
    West Virginia University, Morgantown
  • Mary Pannbacker
    Louisiana State University Medical Center, Shreveport
  • John F. Schmitt
    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  • Angela Marsh Kiser
    Kanawha County Board of Education, Charleston, WV
  • Ashraf M. Mussa
    West Virginia University, Morgantown
  • Patricia Lockhart
    West Virginia University, Morgantown
  • Contact author: Norman J. Lass, PhD, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, 805 Allen Hall, P.O. Box 6122, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6122.
    Contact author: Norman J. Lass, PhD, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, 805 Allen Hall, P.O. Box 6122, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6122.×
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Research Article   |   April 01, 1994
School Administrators’ Perceptions of People Who Stutter
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1994, Vol. 25, 90-93. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2502.90
History: Received September 8, 1992 , Accepted August 6, 1993
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1994, Vol. 25, 90-93. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2502.90
History: Received September 8, 1992; Accepted August 6, 1993

A questionnaire asking respondents to list adjectives describing four hypothetical stutterers (a female child, male child, female adult, and male adult) was completed by 42 school administrators in Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, and West Virginia. The majority of reported adjectives were negative stereotypical personality traits, indicating perceptions of people who stutter similar to perceptions held by other groups, including teachers, special educators, and speech-language pathologists. Implications of these findings and suggestions for pre-service and continuing education programs for school administrators are discussed.

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