College of Education and Human Services
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Background and objectives: Extensive research documents ubiquitous negative attitudes towards stuttering, but when and how they develop is unclear. This non-experimental, comparative study examined US and Turkish preschoolers to explore the origin of stuttering attitudes cross-culturally.
Method: The authors compared stuttering attitudes of 28 US and 31 Turkish non-stuttering preschoolers on English and Turkish versions of experimental prototypes of the newly developed Public Opinion Survey on Human Attributes–Stuttering/Child (POSHA–S/Child). Children first watched a short video of two stuttering avatar characters and then answered oral questions about stuttering. Parents completed a demographic questionnaire. Differences in the US and Turkish POSHA–S/Child means were calculated using the Mann–Whitney U test.
Results: Attitudes of the US and Turkish children were remarkably similar. Children rated most of the items negatively but also rated some items as neutral or positive. They held relatively more negative attitudes towards traits and personalities of children who stutter yet relatively more positive attitudes towards stuttering children’s potential.
Conclusion: Stuttering attitudes in children appear to be partly independent of culture.
Digital Commons Citation
Weidner, Mary E.; St. Louis, Kenneth O.; Nakisci, Egemen; and Ozdemir, Ramazan S., "A comparison of attitudes towards stuttering of non-stuttering preschoolers in the United States and Turkey" (2017). Faculty & Staff Scholarship. 1750.
Glover, H. L., St. Louis, K. O., & Weidner, M. E. (2019). Comparing stuttering attitudes of preschool through 5th grade children and their parents in a predominately rural Appalachian sample. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 59, 64–79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfludis.2018.11.001