Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences


Speech Pathology and Audiology

First Advisor

Dr. Alastair Stunden

Second Advisor

Dr. Clyde Willis

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Erickson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access



The professional literature in the field of speech pathology contains a great many references to stuttering. A large part of this literature on stuttering has dealt with the problem of severity. The importance of the concept severity of stuttering can be viewed in its relation to the broad theoretical constructs in the field of stuttering. Severity is a way of quantifying the extent of abnormality or degree of interference with the normal speech process. To say that one stutter is more severe than another is to say that he appears to be more abnormal than the other. Severity of stuttering may be studied from the point of view of the stutterer, from the point of view of the listener, and from the point of view of the speech pathologist who attempts to represent a combination of the other two views.