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Factors related to Recovery and Relapse in Persons with Stuttering Following Treatment: A Preliminary Study

Authors:

Pravesh Arya ,

Department of Speech Language Sciences, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Manasagangotri, Mysore 570006, IN
About Pravesh

Ms. Pravesh Arya is presently a doctoral student, pursuing her PhD in Speech and Language Pathology at All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, India. Her main area of interest is research on fluency and language disorders. She is doing her thesis on persons with stuttering.

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Y V Geetha

Department of Speech Language Sciences, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, IN
About Y V

Dr. Geetha has over 30 years of experience in the field of speech, language and hearing disorders. She has undertaken various research projects and has published on issues related to persons with stuttering.

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Abstract

Purpose: The aim of the study was to investigate and compare factors related to recovery and relapse outcomes after treatment, among adults with stuttering.

Method: The participants were 24 adults who underwent fluency therapy and reported for follow-up 6 months after cessation of treatment. Pre, immediate, post and 6-months post-treatment follow-up evaluations were done using stuttering severity instrument SSI-3. On the basis of total scores and severity obtained, participants were then grouped as either recovered or relapsed persons with stuttering. A questionnaire was administered to obtain their ratings for the different domains of factors that contributed to treatment outcomes.

Results: A significant difference was found between both the groups with respect to factors contributing to recovery and relapse. The four domains which were found to be more responsible for treatment outcomes in persons with stuttering were: individual related, therapy related, environment related, and behaviour and personality related factors.

Conclusion: The study was conducted with fewer participants, and it is possible that there could be many other pre-treatment and post-treatment factors such as attitude, anxiety, and speech naturalness which may influence the treatment outcomes in persons with stuttering. Future research should include these other factors.

How to Cite: Arya, P. and Geetha, Y.V., 2013. Factors related to Recovery and Relapse in Persons with Stuttering Following Treatment: A Preliminary Study. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 24(1), pp.82–98. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v24i1.189
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Published on 01 May 2013.

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