An Employment Interview Desensitization Program Addressing the Speech, Attitudes, and Avoidance Behaviors of People Who Stutter Previous research suggests that people who stutter experience limitations when seeking employment due to their stuttering and/or subsequent avoidance behaviors. The current case study examined the efficacy of a therapy program designed to address the disfluent speech, negative attitudes, and avoidance behaviors displayed by people who stutter when preparing for ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2010
An Employment Interview Desensitization Program Addressing the Speech, Attitudes, and Avoidance Behaviors of People Who Stutter
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Amy C. Hohulin
    Unit 5 School District, Normal, IL
  • Jean Sawyer
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Articles
Article   |   August 01, 2010
An Employment Interview Desensitization Program Addressing the Speech, Attitudes, and Avoidance Behaviors of People Who Stutter
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2010, Vol. 20, 33-41. doi:10.1044/ffd20.2.33
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2010, Vol. 20, 33-41. doi:10.1044/ffd20.2.33

Previous research suggests that people who stutter experience limitations when seeking employment due to their stuttering and/or subsequent avoidance behaviors. The current case study examined the efficacy of a therapy program designed to address the disfluent speech, negative attitudes, and avoidance behaviors displayed by people who stutter when preparing for and participating in an employment selection interview. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used in the investigation. Results indicated that the participant made some positive gains in all three target areas. The significance of these findings is discussed.

Acknowledgments
The authors would like to thank Dr. Rita L. Bailey for her help with the qualitative analysis of the data.
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