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The experience of individuals who stutter who have attended the Dublin Adult Stuttering (DAS) programme

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dc.contributor.advisor Linklater, Jonathon
dc.contributor.advisor Franklin, Sue O'Brien, Amy 2014-01-02T15:15:13Z 2014-01-02T15:15:13Z 2013
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: This paper presents the results of an in-depth qualitative study designed to further our understanding of the experience of individuals who attended the Dublin Adult Stuttering (DAS) programme. Stuttering is a complex communication disorder that can affect many aspects of a speaker’s life. Many individuals who stutter engage in avoidance behaviours. A key element of the DAS programme is to gradually reduce avoidance and become more comfortable with stuttering. It is proposed that a reduction in avoidance should lead to a reduction in the stuttering, and more importantly, the impact of stuttering on individual’s lives long term. Aim: To investigate the perceptions of People who Stutter (PWS) about their lives, the DAS programme and their attitudes to stuttering since completion of the course. Methodology: A phenomenological approach was employed to obtain the perspectives of these individuals. Purposive sampling of 4 PWS took place and semi-structured interviews were conducted. Thematic analysis was then performed to identify common themes among the interviews. Results: Key aspects identified by participants were the benefit of meeting other PWS and the comfort of being able to share experiences with others who could relate. Additionally, participants spoke of the acceptance of stuttering they gained from completing the course and the various benefits experienced in their lives from partaking in the course. Conclusion: Common themes emerged regarding attitudes to the DAS course and attitudes to stuttering. Participants perceived that the DAS therapy program had positive effects on their everyday lives en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject qualitative research en_US
dc.subject life experience en_US
dc.subject stuttering en_US
dc.subject adults en_US
dc.title The experience of individuals who stutter who have attended the Dublin Adult Stuttering (DAS) programme en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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