A qualitative exploration of maternal perspectives on the impact of stuttering on the lives of six to ten year old children
O’Malley Keighran, Mary-Pat
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Armstrong, E., O'Malley Keighran, M.P., Collins, P. and Carroll, C. (2014) 'A qualitative exploration of maternal perspectives on the impact of stuttering on the lives of six to ten year old children'. Journal Of Clinical Speech And Language Studies, 21 :41-62.
Objective: Th e study aimed to explore maternal perspectives of the impact of stuttering on the lives of 6–10-year-old children’s relationships, self-identity, and academic development. Method: A qualitative design was used: fi ve semi-structured interviews were conducted with mothers of children aged 6–10 years who stutter. Th e data was analyzed using thematic network analysis. Main results: While participants diff ered in their perceptions of the extent to which stuttering infl uenced their child’s life, all fi ve discussed aspects of how their child’s relationships, self-identity and academic development had been impacted. Mothers described their child’s personal characteristics, their school environment, how their child communicated with family members and peers and how others related to their child. Conclusion: Th e fi ndings indicate that, when developing goals for therapy, speech and language therapists should consider how stuttering may be aff ecting a child in all areas of his/her life. An unexpected fi nding related to maternal stress levels associated with their child’s stuttering which may be an important variable to consider in treatment. Th e fi ndings can inform clinical decision-making regarding treatment goals for children who stutter and their parents.