Stuttering in the movies: Effects on adolescent perception of people who stutter

The author examined the effects of different portrayals of people who stutter on adolescents’ perceptions of people who stutter (PWS), and reported that the portrayal of stuttering influenced participant perceptions, with those viewing the negative video sample having more negative perceptions of PWS and those viewing the neutral video sample having slightly more positive perceptions of PWS. The gender of the participant did not have an effect on listener perceptions.

M Miller, Terrylandrea, "Stuttering in the Movies: Effects on Adolescents’ Perceptions of People who Stutter" (2015). WWU Masters Thesis Collection. Paper 409. (online at

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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