Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
McCabe Smith, Linda
Outcomes for ten adult males who used the SpeechEasy fluency device for one year were investigated. Outcomes were determined from qualitative analysis of responses to open-end questions developed from a content analysis of the Perceptions of Stuttering Inventory (PSI) and the Locus of Control of Behavior (LCB) and portions of the Stuttering Severity Instrument-Third Edition (SSI-3). These survey instruments are commonly administered to adults who stutter to determine their levels of struggle, avoidance, anticipation of stuttering and personal locus of control of behavior. The results of the survey instruments were triangulated with interview responses to establish reliability of responses. Changes in stuttering severity following treatment with the SpeechEasy fluency device were compared to changes in perceptions of struggle, avoidance, anticipation of stuttering and personal locus of control of behavior. Data from the interviews and survey instruments revealed patterns of responses that may assist clinicians who treat individuals who stutter in determining those clients who might benefit from treatment using the SpeechEasy fluency device.
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