Correlation between clinician and patient self-rated stuttering severity in Kannada-English bilingual adults who stutter


Authors: Rakesh Chowkalli Veerabhadrappa and Santosh Maruthy
Page Range: 389-397
Published in: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, Volume 22 Issue 4
ISSN: 2191-1231

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This paper compares clinician and clients’ self-stuttering severity ratings in English-Kannada bilingual adults who stutter (BAWS). Method: Nine English-Kannada BAWS participated in the present study. SSI-4 was used to estimate the stuttering severity, and LEAP-Q to assess language proficiency. Spontaneous speech samples were audio-video recorded for both languages within and outside clinical situations. The clinician and participants rated the stuttering severity on a 9-point rating scale for both languages at the end of each situation. The percentage of syllables stuttered (% SS) was calculated, along with identifying different types of dysfluencies. Results: There was no significant difference between the clinician and patient’s self-rating, indicating a mutual agreement regarding stuttering severity. The clinician mean severity rating had a significant (p < 0.05) positive correlation with the mean % SS, suggesting that the stuttering severity rating scale can be used in clinics to assess and treat stuttering in BAWS. Keywords: Stuttering, stuttering severity rating scale, bilingual, percentage of syllable stuttered, India

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