2003 IFA Congress Articles

Superordinate and Subtype Stutterer Stereotypes

Superordinate and Subtype Stutterer Stereotypes

Calum M. Delaney
School of Health and Social Sciences, University of Wales Institute Cardiff , Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB, United Kingdom


A study was carried out to investigate differences between a superordinate stereotype (relating to a hypothesised “typical” stutterer) and subtype stereotypes elicited after exposure to 4 stuttering individuals viewed on videotape. 22 participants rated the stutterers on a 6-item semantic differential scale. The results suggested that individuals may hold a variety of stereotypes towards people who stutter, varying in degree rather than the characteristics making up the stereotype, and these were not always negative. The results did not support a subtyping model used to explain stereotype change resulting from exposure to labelled individuals.

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