Joseph Corcoran, PhD
Moira A Stewart, PhD
|Abstract||This qualitative study investigated the experiences of seven adults who stutter. The study focused on what the participants had to say about those experiences which had either been detrimental or beneficial to them in their efforts to modify their stuttering. An initial 60- to 90-minute, semi-structured interview, using open-ended questions and probes, elicited the participants' narratives of their experiences of stuttering. A second 60-minute interview assessed the credibility of the investigators' preliminary interpretations. Understanding the relationship were the primary themes that emerged from the analysis of the transcripts. Participants saw the essence of their success in ameliorating their stuttering as being the increase in their knowledge of the nature of stuttering, and most especially, their deepened understanding of their own experience of stuttering, and their resulting ability to both modify and cope with it more effectively. This process of change took place in the context of nurturing relationships.|
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