A Mixed-Model Approach to Studying Treatment Outcomes The purpose of this study was to utilize a mixed qualitative and quantitative methodology to explore treatment outcomes of stuttering treatment. The findings of the study suggested that all four participants made measurable clinical gains, as evidenced by positive changes in speech fluency, stuttering severity, and communication attitudes. The participants’ ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2008
A Mixed-Model Approach to Studying Treatment Outcomes
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Rodney Gabel
    Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • Derek Daniels
    Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Stephanie Hughes
    Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2008
A Mixed-Model Approach to Studying Treatment Outcomes
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, March 2008, Vol. 18, 6-16. doi:10.1044/ffd18.1.6
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, March 2008, Vol. 18, 6-16. doi:10.1044/ffd18.1.6
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to utilize a mixed qualitative and quantitative methodology to explore treatment outcomes of stuttering treatment. The findings of the study suggested that all four participants made measurable clinical gains, as evidenced by positive changes in speech fluency, stuttering severity, and communication attitudes. The participants’ perceptions of their clinical experiences were explored using semi-structured interviews conducted at the beginning of therapy, the middle of treatment, and at the end of therapy. Results of the qualitative data analysis suggested that the participants reported improvement in their attitudes, feelings, and beliefs about stuttering. In addition, the participants reported an increased sense of control of their stuttering as a result of treatment. Also, the participants reported a belief that therapy was a process still to be worked on following treatment. Finally, participants shared reports of the important impact the clinic had on their lives. The positive changes noted during treatment were maintained 6 months following treatment.

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