Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2017

Abstract

The present study investigated the possibility of a relationship between self-compassion, self-perception, and stuttering severity in adults who stutter. Four adults who identify as people who stutter were administered the Self-Compassion Scale, the Self-Perception Profile for Adults, the Overall Assessment of the Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering, and the Stuttering Severity Instrument. Results indicated a negative correlation between stuttering severity and self-compassion. A relationship was found between self-perception and stuttering severity and self-compassion in only one participant. It was concluded that practices of self-compassion may be beneficial in speech therapy for adults who stutter, and that both self-perception and self-compassion scales may be used in treatment in order to increase awareness of personality strengths and coping mechanisms in people who stutter. Results indicate that implementation of a healthy coping mechanism, such as self-compassion, may be further warranted for individuals with increased stuttering severity.

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