Classroom intervention to change peers’ attitudes towards children who stutter: A feasibility study

South African Journal of Communication Disorders

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Title Classroom intervention to change peers’ attitudes towards children who stutter: A feasibility study
Creator Kathard, Harsha Walters, Freda Frieslaar, Kareemah Mhlongo, Thembeka Rhoode, Melissa Shaboodien, Raeesa Weidmann, Julia Zimmerman, Nicole Zoetmulder, Amy Camroodien-Surve, Fatemah
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Description Background: Before interventions are implemented, the potential treatment benefit must be determined.Objectives: The primary objective of this feasibility study was to assess if peers’ attitudes towards children who stutter (CWS) change one month after the administration of the Classroom Communication Resource (CCR). The secondary objectives of the study were to determine if differences in peer attitudes were related to gender and to previous exposure to a person who stutters.Method: The study used a cluster randomised control trial design. The study included 211 Grade 7 participants from schools in the Cape Town Metropole. The CCR intervention was administered to 97 participants in the experimental group, whilst 114 participants in the control group did not receive the intervention. The Stuttering Resource Outcome Measure(SROM) used as the outcome measure during pre- and post-test period. STATISTICA was used for in-depth data analysis.Results: An overall positive direction of change in scores was observed for the experimental group compared with the control group. However, the magnitude of change in the experimental group was not statistically significant (p = 0.2683). Male and female participants did not differ significantly in their scores on the SROM across pre-test and post-test periods. Participants who had exposure to individuals who stutter had significantly more positive scores on the SROM in the pre-test and post-test periods compared to those who had no direct exposure to stuttering.Conclusion: This result indicated the beginning of positive attitude change which may be attributed to the intervention. Further investigation is warranted.
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Date 2014-12-03
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
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Identifier 10.4102/sajcd.v61i1.80
Source South African Journal of Communication Disorders; Vol 61, No 1 (2014); 11 Pages 2225-4765 0379-8046
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2014 Harsha Kathard, Freda Walters, Kareemah Frieslaar, Thembeka Mhlongo, Melissa Rhoode, Raeesa Shaboodien, Julia Weidmann, Nicole Zimmerman, Amy Zoetmulder, Fatemah Camroodien-Surve