Emotion Word Use by Adolescents Who Stutter: An Exploratory Study Purpose: Deficits in the ability to use emotion vocabulary may result in difficulties for adolescents who stutter (AWS) and may contribute to disfluencies and stuttering. In this project, we aimed to describe the emotion words used during conversational speech by AWS. Methods: Participants were 26 AWS between the ages of ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2013
Emotion Word Use by Adolescents Who Stutter: An Exploratory Study
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  • Corrin G. Richels
    Department of Communication Disorders, Child Study Center, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • Rogge Jessica
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Norfolk Public Schools, Nofolk, VA
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Article   |   May 01, 2013
Emotion Word Use by Adolescents Who Stutter: An Exploratory Study
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, May 2013, Vol. 23, 6-14. doi:10.1044/ffd23.1.6
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, May 2013, Vol. 23, 6-14. doi:10.1044/ffd23.1.6

Purpose: Deficits in the ability to use emotion vocabulary may result in difficulties for adolescents who stutter (AWS) and may contribute to disfluencies and stuttering. In this project, we aimed to describe the emotion words used during conversational speech by AWS.

Methods: Participants were 26 AWS between the ages of 12 years, 5 months and 15 years, 11 months-old (n=4 females, n=22 males). We drew personal narrative samples from the UCLASS database. We used Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) software to analyze data samples for numbers of emotion words.

Results: Results indicated that the AWS produced significantly higher numbers of emotion words with a positive valence. AWS tended to use the same few positive emotion words to the near exclusion of words with negative emotion valence.

Conclusion: A lack of diversity in emotion vocabulary may make it difficult for AWS to engage in meaningful discourse about negative aspects of being a person who stutters

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