Year of Award

1982

Document Type

Thesis

College

College of Education and Allied Health

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Communication Disorders and Deaf Education

First Advisor

Dr. Robert A. Portnoy

Abstract

This investigation was conducted to .examine the relationship between systolic blood pressure and the severity of stuttering. Thirty stutterers between the ages of 25 to 35 years were ranked, by certified speech pathologists according to their severity of dysfluency. Registered nurses measured the subjects' systolic blood pressure, twice. A comparison of blood pressure and severity of stuttering was made. A high positive correlation between these two variables was found, with the differences being significant. The results of this study indicate that systolic blood pressure increases proportionately with stuttering severity.

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