The Portrayal of Stuttering on YouTube

The purpose of this study was to explore the portrayal of stuttering on YouTube and gage the popularity and tone of the user-generated comments. Sixty-four percent of the videos were classified as “poor” to “very poor” clinical examples of stuttering behaviors and 52% were classified as “poor” to “very poor” clinical examples of stuttering content. User-generated comments were characterized more often as negative (28%) than positive (12%) with 34% of the comments being neutral. The authors concluded that the low diagnostic reliability scores and proportion of negative user generated comments suggest that clinicians should remain cautious in using YouTube for clinical purposes related to stuttering.

Donaher, Joseph & Minkoff, Christina. (2014). The Portrayal of Stuttering on YouTube. SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, 2014, 24, 20-25.

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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