Negotiation Patterns of Families with Stuttering and Non-Stuttering Children

Christa L. Shuman, M. A., and A. Richard Mallard, Ph. D./CCC-SLP

Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas


The purpose of this study was to determine if families with stuttering children and families with non-stuttering children differed for the variables of number of turns, number of turns with questions, number of interruptions, or total negotiation time "during a negotiation task. The experimental (S) group included ten families with a child who stuttered and the control (NS) group included ten families with children who did not stutter matched to children in the experimental group. Significant differences were not found for turns, interruptions, turns with questions, or total negotiation time. A significant interaction difference existed between the groups for number of interruptions.

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