ERIC Number: EJ1022024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
College Students' Perspectives on Dating a Person Who Stutters
Mayo, Robert; Mayo, Carolyn M.
College Student Journal, v47 n1 p169-177 Mar 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine college students' perspectives on dating a person who stutters (PWS). One hundred and thirty-two college students responded to a 19-item survey questionnaire. Survey items included questions about participants' familiarity with persons who stutter, family and/or personal history of stuttering, knowledge of stuttering behaviors, beliefs about the cause of stuttering, whether they would date a person who stutters, and factors that would influence their decision to date or not date a PWS. Results indicated that approximately 30 percent of respondents stated they would date a person who stuttered. Approximately half of the participants were unsure if they would date a PWS and would base their decision on the personality, severity of stuttering, physical attractiveness and intelligence of the PWS. Findings suggest that at least three of the four factors cited by college students as important in their decision to date someone who stutters can, to varying degrees, be modified by the PWS (i.e., personality, stuttering severity, and appearance). These factors are potential treatment outcome goals for many college students who stutter and should be explored by the client, clinician or counselor as part of the process of therapeutic change.
Descriptors: College Students, Dating (Social), Student Attitudes, Social Attitudes, Stuttering, Questionnaires, Student Surveys, Familiarity, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Beliefs, Personality Traits, Etiology, Interpersonal Attraction
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Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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