Recurrent involuntary imagery in people who stutter and people who do not stutter

This study is a comparison of intrusive memories in groups of people who stutter and those who do not stutter. Themes of disfluency, anxiety, negative social evaluation, self-focus, and pressure to speak were common to both groups. For those who stutter, additional themes of helplessness, shame, sadness, and frustration were revealed only in the group who stuttered. The authors conclude that since recurrent imagery about events in childhood is a potent factor in the memory of people who stutter, modified social anxiety interventions should be considered for those who stutter.

Tutor, Helen, Davis, Stephen, Brewin, Chris R., and Howell, Peter. (2913). Recurrent involuntary imagery in people who stutter and people who do not stutter. Journel of Fluency Disorders. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfludis.2013.06.003

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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