Date of Defense

Spring 4-21-2003


Speech Pathology and Audiology

First Advisor

John Hanley, Speech Pathology and Audiology

Second Advisor

Jennifer Crouse

Third Advisor

Heidi Vogley, Speech Pathology and Audiology


A fluency disorder is a fairly common problem among the many disorders and conditions surrounding speech and language that can be treated by a speech language pathologist (SLP). There is no single theory that can explain the origins, etiologies, or predictive factors related to fluency disorders. The lack of evidence is partially due to the fact that it is difficult to study persons with fluency disorders. Recently, a major area of research regarding stuttering has focused on gender ratios for persons who stutter. Past research indicated that the majority of children who stutter are male. Anecdotal information gathered over the last 10 years suggests that the number of females who stutter is increasing. This paper asks why this is the case and what future research needs to be done to address these changes.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only