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Stuttering and Anxiety

Does anxiety trigger stuttering? Does anxiety level affect stuttering severity?

Dave Rowley

on 6 April 2011

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Stuttering & Anxiety Telephone Therapy
Repetition Repetition
Grimacing Co-occurring problem (30-40%)
Extraneous (starter) sounds
Prolongation Reflection
Repetition Reflection
Eye Contact Signs vs Symptoms Signs:
Speech Behaviour
Flushing Symptoms:
Shame Prevalence:
1-5 in 100
3 males: 1 female Social Anxiety Disorder fear of being negatively judged by others
fear of public embarrassment
stage fright
fear of intimacy
fear of humiliation State Anxiety
Depends on situation Trait Anxiety
Relatively stable personality characteristic Anxiety as a trigger for stuttering Not Cause! Anxiety and severity of stuttering? Social anxiety as a problem secondary to stuttering may occur in at least 40% of PWS A chi-square goodness-of-fit test gives a value of 6.8, DF = 1 with an associated probability value of 0.0087 600 people who stutter (PWS) assessed between 1987 and 2007 at the Department of Mental Health Services in Zagreb Measures:
Age of onset
Emotionality/Anxiety Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Females show more anxiety than males (p=0.022) Correlation between severity and emotion/anxiety
r = 0.249 No relationship between age of onset and emotionality/anxiety
r = 0.078 Typically patterns of unhelpful thinking will be examined and questioned
PWS would be encouraged to practice speaking in different situations and to examine and re-evaluate the (negative) thoughts they have about thisClients are usually given tasks to do between sessions Social anxiety dramatically reduced, stuttering behaviour unchanged Not a cause My research colleagues,
Mirjana Lasan
Suzana Jelcic Jakšic
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