Life partners' perceptions of the emotional, speech disruptive, and attitudinal correlates of stuttering

A. Svenning, R. Panzarino, M. Vanryckeghem, Tim Vestner

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PURPOSE: The purpose of the current investigation was to explore the extent to which the life partners (LPs) of people who stutter (PWS) perceive their loved ones' speech-situation specific emotional reaction, expectancy of speech disruption, and speech-related communication attitude.

METHODS: Three subtests of the Behavior Assessment Battery (BAB): the Speech Situation Checklist - Emotional Reaction (SSC-ER), the Speech Situation Checklist - Speech Disruption (SSC-SD) and the Communication Attitude Test for Adults Who Stutter (BigCAT) were administered to 33 PWS and modified versions were administered to their LPs via Qualtrics Survey Software. Effect of relationship duration on subtest scores was considered. Perceived stuttering severity by the participant and their LP was also queried as part of a demographic questionnaire.

RESULTS: PWS and their LPs rated BigCAT items in a similar way, while they rated certain SSC-ER and SSC-SD items differently. Importantly, between-group agreement was not affected by relationship duration. Among the PWS and LP, perceived stuttering severity influenced all BAB subtest scores.

CONCLUSION: LPs of PWS appear to be in tune with the cognitive aspects of their partner's experience of stuttering. This has important clinical implications as it relates to active involvement of the family in speech intervention targeting fluency.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105821
JournalJournal of fluency disorders
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Emotions
  • Humans
  • Perception
  • Psychological Tests
  • Speech
  • Stuttering


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