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Date of Award

Spring 2015

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Evans, David L. (David Lloyd), 1975-

Second Advisor

Mathers-Schmidt, Barbara A.

Third Advisor

Fraas, Michael


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.




Stuttering--Public opinion, Motion pictures--Social aspects, Teenagers--Attitudes


Western Washington University

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