2003 IFA Congress: Montreal, Canada

Conversation Analysis of Children Who Stutter and Parents Who Stutter

John A. Tetnowski1, Jack S. Damico1, Jennifer A. Bathel1 & Thomas C. Franklin2
1University of Louisiana at Lafayette, R0. Box 43] 70, Lafayette, LA 70504-3170 USA
2Southwest Missouri State University, Communication Sciences and Disorders, 901 S. National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65804 USA


Due to the inheritance patterns of stuttering, children who stutter are likely to have a parent who also stutters. Despite this, most parent-child interactional studies in the field of stuttering are between a child who stutters and an adult parent who does not stutter. This study uses a modified qualitative approach to describe the complex interactions that occur between a child who stutters and her parent, who also stutters. The parent modifies his communication patterns significantly when speaking with his daughter that greatly reduce his stuttering behaviors. Descriptions and examples of conversation are described in detail.
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