Children and adolescents who stutter: Further investigation of anxiety

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

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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