The reliability of a severity rating scale to measure stuttering in an unfamiliar language

Hoffman, Laura, Wilson, Linda, Copley, Anna, Hewat, Sally and Lim, Valerie (2014). The reliability of a severity rating scale to measure stuttering in an unfamiliar language. In: Selected papers from the 2013 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference. Speech Pathology Australia 2013 National Conference, Broadbeach, QLD, Australia, (317-326). 23-26 June 2013. doi:10.3109/17549507.2014.898097


Author Hoffman, Laura
Wilson, Linda
Copley, Anna
Hewat, Sally
Lim, Valerie
Title of paper The reliability of a severity rating scale to measure stuttering in an unfamiliar language
Conference name Speech Pathology Australia 2013 National Conference
Conference location Broadbeach, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 23-26 June 2013
Proceedings title Selected papers from the 2013 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.3109/17549507.2014.898097
Open Access Status
ISSN 1754-9507
1754-9515
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 317
End page 326
Total pages 10
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
With increasing multiculturalism, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are likely to work with stuttering clients from linguistic backgrounds that differ from their own. No research to date has estimated SLPs' reliability when measuring severity of stuttering in an unfamiliar language. Therefore, this study was undertaken to estimate the reliability of SLPs' use of a 9-point severity rating (SR) scale, to measure severity of stuttering in a language that was different from their own. Twenty-six Australian SLPs rated 20 speech samples (10 Australian English [AE] and 10 Mandarin) of adults who stutter using a 9-point SR scale on two separate occasions. Judges showed poor agreement when using the scale to measure stuttering in Mandarin samples. Results also indicated that 50% of individual judges were unable to reliably measure the severity of stuttering in AE. The results highlight the need for (a) SLPs to develop intra- and inter-judge agreement when using the 9-point SR scale to measure severity of stuttering in their native language (in this case AE) and in unfamiliar languages; and (b) research into the development and evaluation of practice and/or training packages to assist SLPs to do so.
Subjects 2733 Otorhinolaryngology
2912 LPN and LVN
3616 Speech and Hearing
2922 Research and Theory
1203 Design Practice and Management
Keyword Stuttering
Bilingualism
Reliability
Measurement
Severity rating scale
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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