Title

An audiovisual behavioral analysis of the stuttering moment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1972

Abstract

Sound motion pictures were taken of a stutterer during oral reading. Reliable measurements of the frequency and course of several specific behaviors as well as the traditional definitional unit of the "stuttering moment" (all behaviors lumped together) were obtained. Covariant and descriptive analysis of the data revealed two divergent categories of behavior were contained within the "stuttering moment." Moreover, this divergence was totally masked when analyzing the data in the traditional manner utilizing the frequency of the stuttering moment. Implications for a two-factor (classical-instrumental) learning theory of stuttering are briefly discussed. A plea is made for the behavioral researcher and clinician to perform careful analysis of component behaviors when dealing with a conglomerate of behaviors (such as the "stuttering moment") which may be only apparently unitary in nature. © 1972 Academic Press, Inc.

Publication Name

Behavior Therapy

Volume Number

3

First Page

555

Last Page

560

Issue Number

4

DOI

10.1016/S0005-7894(72)80003-0

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