Motoric and Linguistic Variables among Children Who Stutter A Factor Analysis Reports
Reports  |   November 01, 1980
Motoric and Linguistic Variables among Children Who Stutter
 
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Reports   |   November 01, 1980
Motoric and Linguistic Variables among Children Who Stutter
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, November 1980, Vol. 45, 504-514. doi:10.1044/jshd.4504.504
History: Received April 4, 1979 , Accepted November 15, 1979
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, November 1980, Vol. 45, 504-514. doi:10.1044/jshd.4504.504
History: Received April 4, 1979; Accepted November 15, 1979

Seventy-six children who stuttered, aged 5–12, were administered tests of motor coordination, psycholinguistic abilities, and stuttering severity. A factor analysis of 19 selected variables yielded four statistically useful factors that implicate linguistic integration, oral motor ability, and auditory processing abilities as underlying components among the sample population. These components are assumed to affect a child's threshold for fluency and to permit stuttering development. Stuttering frequency or severity was not related to any of the four factors. The implications for diagnosing and treating children who stutter are discussed.

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