The effect of stuttered speech on perceptions of job performance
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The purpose of this study was to determine whether identifying a speaker as a person who stutters influences a listener's perception about an individual's ability to perform a job. Forty- four male and female subjects examined two videotaped interview samples, where one of the interviews included an individual who stuttered. Subjects were instructed to rate the individuals on various traits, including speech characteristics, personality traits and competency related characteristics. Findings indicated that there was no difference in the perceptions of listeners between individuals who stutter and normally fluent individuals, except when it comes to speech related characteristics.