Date of Award

8-2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.

Committee Chair

Dahye Choi, Ph.D.

Abstract

The present study investigated the relationship between behavioral inhibition (BI) and secondary behaviors in children who stutter (CWS). Participants were 38 CWS aged 3 to 7 years. Children engaged in a play-based conversation with an unfamiliar examiner and their interactions were video-recorded for subsequent analysis. Children’s BI and physical concomitant behaviors were determined based on clinician observation and parent report measures. Communication attitudes were assessed based on self-reports (i.e., KiddyCAT), which provided information about children's perception of their communication abilities. Results suggested that there was a significant relationship between lower BI and more physical concomitants according to parent report measures, meanwhile based on clinician observation measures there was a slight trend of higher BI CWS showing more physical concomitants. Overall, findings indicated that the relationship between BI and secondary behaviors in CWS remains unclear. The present study excluded measurement of avoidance behaviors, which may have affected the direction of some trends. Further research is warranted to explore the relationship between BI and avoidance behaviors in CWS.

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