The authors observed that despite the greatly increased risk of social anxiety disorder in adults who stutter, there is no clear indication of the time of onset of this disorder in childhood and adolescence. In this study the authors
sought to explore this issue further using the Revised Children’s Manifest Anxiety Scale (RCMAS), so that appropriate interventions can be developed prior to adulthood. This is the first time the RCMAS has been completed by children
younger than 11 years. Using the same test for both school-age children and adolescents can potentially identify when anxiety starts to develop from age 6 years through to adulthood. Experts suggest high scores on the RCMAS Lie Scale
are indicative of participants attempting to present themselves in a positive light and so cast doubt on the veracity of their other responses on the test. The authors state that one interpretation, then, is that the boys were
concealing true levels of anxiety about their stuttering.
Messenger, Michelle, Packman, Ann, Onslow, Mark, Menzies, Ross, and O’Brian, Sue. (2015). Children and adolescents who stutter: Further investigation of anxiety. Journal of Fluency Disorders. doi:10.1016/j.jfludis.2015.07.006