Relationships between psychosocial factors and quality of life for adults who stutter

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Abstract

Purpose: In this study, the author examined the relationship of social support, empowerment, self-help support group participation, and group identification to quality of life in adults who stutter. Method: Two-hundred forty-nine adults who stutter completed a web-based survey, including measures of social support, empowerment, self-help support group participation, group identification, and quality of life. Results: After controlling for demographic and stuttering parameters, both empowerment in the self-esteem/ self-efficacy domain and social support from family significantly predicted quality of life in adults in the sample. Conclusions: Increased self-esteem/self-efficacy and social support from family relates to improved quality of life in adults who stutter, independent of stuttering severity. Treatments that increase feelings of self-esteem/self-efficacy and strengthen social support from the family should be considered for individuals who struggle to cope with stuttering in order to enhance their quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican journal of speech-language pathology
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

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