2003 IFA Congress: Montreal, Canada

The Effects of Emotional Intelligence Training in Fluency Disorders Classes

Isabella K. Reichel1 and Kenneth O. St. Louis2
1Long Island University, Fluency Renaissance Center, University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA, Nova Southeastern University, 330] College Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314, USA
2Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, West Virginia University, PO Box 6122, Morgantown, WV26506-6]22, USA

SUMMARY

Success of stuttering intervention may be compromised by speech-language pathologists’ negative stereotypes toward people who stutter. This study investigated the effect of emotional intelligence (El) training on attitudes of graduate students in fluency disorders courses in one New York City university, compared to attitudes of a control group at another New York City university without such training. An EI scale, a survey of attitudes toward stuttering, a bipolar adjective scale, and responses to an open-ended questionnaire regarding El training indicated modest expected changes in quantitative measures and very positive impressions regarding the value of El concepts in stuttering intervention.
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