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A pilot study of the bullying experiences of children who stutter and the coping strategies they use in response Open Access


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coping strategies
school-age children
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University of Alberta
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van Kuik Fast, Nathania
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Langevin, Marilyn (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
Volden, Joanne (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
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Given, Lisa (Library and Information Studies)
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology

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This qualitative pilot study investigated the bullying experiences of children who stutter, the type of coping strategies that they use to deal with these experiences, and their perceptions of the effectiveness of their coping strategies. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven 10- to 13-year-old children who stutter. Grounded theory methodology was used to analyze the interview data. Data analysis resulted in a preliminary four-element conceptualization of the process by which children who stutter experience and respond to bullying and the emergence of two themes: Individual Factors and Recommendations. Individual factors were found to influence the process of experiencing and responding to bullying, and recommendations are provided for how children who stutter may respond to bullying and how adults can help them. These recommendations may be used by speech-language pathologists, school psychologists, counselors, teachers, and parents. The findings of this study support previous research with typical children and children who stutter.
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