Stuttering: An RFP for a cultural perspective

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Stuttering has been the target of much attention from theorists and researchers as well as from clinicians. As a result, a large body of literature exists about its etiology, psychologic and physical properties, patterns of occurence, measurement, and evaluation and management. In the United States, the overwhelming majority of data come from experiences with stutterers who are in the majority of mainstream America. Much of these data could vary across cultures and across languages. For minority group stutterers who live in diverse cultural and linguistic environments, there may be different burdens and stress that need to be addressed. Their data could be quite complex and at variance with what we know and do about stuttering in majority groups. High rates of clinical failures among minority group stutterers raise questions about whether we have overgeneralized our information to groups that have never been studied. © 1989.

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  • George H. Shames

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