What is it about?
Stuttering emerges in a social context. This article presents a sociological framework for stuttering, focusing on the adult population. The author shows that the components to the naturally occurring speech event as described by Hymes (1964; 1967) presents inherent threats to adults who stutter. The relationship between the components of the sociological framework of stuttering and Hymes' model is demonstrated. The author provides a clinical example from his work with an adult who stutters and shows how the sociological framework captures the lived experiences of the client. Excerpts from the client's journals, which are encouraged in this process, are provided for each of the components of the sociological framework.
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Why is it important?
The description of the stuttering event within a sociological framework allows for a "real-time" perspective on that event. It can help the clinician answer the question, "What is it like to be you?" in reference to the daily life of an adult who stutters. The therapeutic methodology of journaling and counseling around cognitive-affective issues of acceptance, avoidance, fear, anxiety, etc. promote integration of an individual's stuttering into their social self.
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This page is a summary of: A Framework for a Sociological Description of the Communicative Interaction in Adults Who Stutter, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, July 2021, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2021_ajslp-20-00279.
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