How does your stammering experience on one day affect feelings on later days? - research participants wanted

UCL | 03.02.2016

What is the study about?

UCLThere is a lack of research studying minor day to day events/interactions of individuals who stammer over a period of time, and if someone’s feelings about such events impact upon their quality of life.

This research intends to ask adults who stammer to reflect upon their speech each day and how they feel others reacted towards it. The research will study whether someone’s feelings on one day affect their feelings and how they approach similar situations during the following day(s).

The researcher is a Speech and Language Therapy student, supervised by Professor Peter Howell of University College London’s Division of Psychology and Language Sciences.

What are the benefits of taking part?

Although you may not benefit personally from taking part, you may find it useful to reflect upon your day and what may have positively or negatively impacted upon your stutter. It may help you to plan how to approach similar situations in the future. Sharing your feelings may help others who stutter to understand their own experiences.

By sharing your experiences, you will be furthering research within this area and increasing knowledge about the possible impact of stuttering on the daily lives of individuals who stutter. It is hoped that this research may inform the development of more appropriate Speech and Language Therapy services for individuals who stutter.

What does taking part involve?

If you agree to take part, the researcher will arrange to meet you at a suitable time and place to complete some basic questionnaires and a short assessment of your stutter. You will then be asked to complete a questionnaire each evening for 3 weeks.

The questionnaire is one side of A4 paper and has tick boxes to state how much you agree/disagree with different statements. The statements are based around how you felt in different situations (such as starting conversations, talking in small groups/one-one) on that day compared to the day before.

Have you any questions or want to take part?

Please email the researcher, Jenny, for a more detailed information sheet or to ask any questions:    I look forward to hearing from you.

Ethical issues

If you decide to take part, you are still free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason and without any disadvantage to you.  This study has been approved by UCL’s Experimental Psychology Research Department Ethics Chair. [Project ID No]: EP/2015/6. Data will be handled according to the Data Protection Act 1998 and kept anonymous.

UCL research flyer (pdf)