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Master of Arts (MA)
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Evans, David L. (David Lloyd), 1975-
Mathers-Schmidt, Barbara A.
This study examined the effects of different portrayals of people who stutter on adolescents’ perceptions of people who stutter (PWS). Participants viewed either neutral or negative portrayals of stuttering taken from major motion pictures. Participants completed a bipolar adjective pair scale both before and after viewing either the negative or the neutral video sample. Data was analyzed using between group comparisons (MANOVA) and within group comparisons. Results indicated that the portrayal of stuttering influenced participant perceptions, with those viewing the negative video sample having more negative perceptions of PWS and those viewing the neutral video sample having slightly more positive perceptions of PWS. The gender of the participant did not have an effect on listener perceptions.
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Stuttering--Public opinion; Motion pictures--Social aspects; Teenagers--Attitudes
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Miller, Terrylandrea, "Stuttering in the Movies: Effects on Adolescents' Perceptions of People who Stutter" (2015). WWU Graduate School Collection. 409.