Perceptions of African-American Middle and High School Students About Stuttering

Susan Roesti1, Glen Tellis1, and Rodney Gable2
1Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Special Education, 259 Davis Hall, Indiana, PA I 5 705
2Bowling Green State University, 242 Health Centetg Dept of Communication Disorders, Bowling Green, OH, 43402


The Stuttering Inventory for African-American Students was administered to 168 African-American middle and high school students to determine their perceptions about stuttering. Results indicate that the scale is a reliable and valid instrument. The 25-item, three-factor scale adequately examines concepts that relate to perceptions, causes of, cures for, reactions to stuttering, and social perceptions about stuttering. Results also indicate that females are more likely than males to disagree about the causes of, cures for, and reactions to stuttering and that the race of the therapist is not important when treating persons who stutter. Implications for assessment and treatment are discussed.
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