2003 IFA Congress: Montreal, Canada

Student Clinician Preferences for (Not) Working With Stuttering

Margaret M. Leah Y1, Calum M. Delaney2, And Kathleen Murphy1
1Clinical Speech & Language Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
2School of Health and Social Sciences, University of Wales Institute Cardiff , Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB, United Kingdom


Student clinicians in their 3rd and 4th years of study in Ireland and Wales participated in a study of preferences for working with client groups, including people who stutter. Influencing factors for preferences relating to personal and clinical experience of stuttering, subjective evaluation of competencies, and perceptions of stuttering were examined. Results indicated that clinical and non-clinical experiences were not good predictors of students’ preferences for working with people who stutter, and perceptions of competence were similar to those for other client groups. Perceptions of stuttering suggested that it was viewed differently to other client groups. Implications of these findings were discussed.
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