The Relationship Between Anxiety and Stuttering in Adolescents

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What is the relationship between anxiety levels and stuttering in adolescents? The answer is still unclear. Many researchers have attempted to find out whether stuttering causes anxiety or if it is vice versa. Adolescence is a very emotional time, in which teens try to fit in and create their own identity and are experiencing who they want to become. Having a speech problem only makes the phase of adolescence the more stressing and difficult. That is why I wanted to see if adolescents who stutter have higher anxiety levels than fluent adolescents. One thing that has been proven however, is that anxiety levels in adolescents seem to be higher when the stuttering adolescents has had treatment for the disorder. This paper will review the…show more content…
This type of anxiety occurs when an anticipated threat is going to occur. Individuals with this disorder tend to view the world as a dangerous and threatening place. These individuals tend to worry more than most people and feel inappropriately threatened by several things in the environment. On the other hand, state anxiety is a temporary uncomfortable experience that occurs when a person feels threatened by a situation ( ). The study obtained a conversational speech sample, of a minimum of 1,000 syllables, from the stuttering participants to measure stuttering severity. These were then rated by two final year speech language pathologist students from Curtin University of Technology. To determine what type of stuttering the participants had, the research had two stutter types: participants who had repetitions (collapsing across word and part-word repetitions), or prolongations/blocks by using the program Praat. The results indicated that there was no association between anxiety and stuttering severity and typography. However, the participants who stutter had significantly higher scores in the state and trait anxiety measure, than the control group. Davis, Shisca, & Howell (2007) aimed to find whether young children and adolescents who persist in their stutter show differences in, trait and state anxiety compared with people who have recovered from their stuttering and a control group. The participants were 54
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