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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 151-156

Parental attitudes and knowledge of stuttering

1 Phoniatric Unit, Department of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
2 Phoniatrics Department, Cairo University, Egypt

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1012-5574.133220

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Background To date, very little research has been carried out on the knowledge and awareness of stuttering in an Arab population. Parents' attitudes toward stuttering play a critical role in helping the child develop healthy communication attitudes. Objective The aim of this study was to collect information on the attitude and knowledge of parents on stuttering in order to gain a better understanding of their level of awareness of the nature of the disorder. Patients and methods This study included 100 parents of preschool-aged and school-aged stutterers. They were attendants to the Phoniatric Unit at Kasr Al Aini Hospital; of these, 56 (56%) were women and 44 (44%) were men, age range 26.8-44.3 years, mean 34.7 years. A questionnaire was designed to determine the knowledge and attitudes of parents toward stuttering. Results Most parents were familiar with stuttering, but their general knowledge of the disorder was limited. Negative beliefs and attitudes toward stuttering and people who stutter were also held by some parents. The results showed a significant association between the education level and to a lesser extent sex and parental knowledge of and attitudes toward stuttering. Conclusion The importance of increasing public awareness of stuttering is evident.

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