University of Hawaii: Research Study

Stuttering, across all severity, is a multi-dimensional disorder that affects people of all ages. There have been much research into the physical and psycho-emotional impact of stuttering on children but relatively few on adults. For adults who stutter (AWS), the disorder may impact their cognitive, affective, and social well-being. The overt (i.e., sound and word repetition) and covert (i.e., fear of speaking situations) features of stuttering impact and may influence a person’s personality development. The purpose of the current study is to observe the relationship between self-reported rating of severity and personality type in adults who stutter. It is hypothesized that AWS will score Introversion more frequently than Extroversion. It is also hypothesized that there will be a higher percentage of AWS who self-reported severe stuttering and scored Introversion compared to hose who reported moderate and mild stuttering severity. The results of the study will lend toward better advocacy and education for adults who stutter and how their personality can be implemented to improve the efficacy of fluency therapy. Participants will complete a short survey to assess their severity and complete the Majors Personality Type Elements (PTE) to determine their personality type. All correspondence is completed online. If you are interested in participating in the study, please contact Hoang Truong at Hoang Truong is a graduate study at the University of Hawaii in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. He is an adult who stutters and hopes to specialize in fluency research and intervention.

Try Your Hand at Playing with Puppets!


Are you available for a free two-hour group workshop on puppeteering located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side?
If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study for an undergraduate Experimental Psych class, examining the effects of stuttering with the use of hand puppets. This will be at a home studio, and uses a tech set-up similar to that of Sesame Street and other puppet shows. It will utilize pre-recorded audio as well as synchronized speech. We will cultivate a fun & safe space to ease you out of your comfort zone. Refreshments will be served.
If you are a person who stutters and would like more information, please contact Jake Friedman: subject: PUPPETRY
Jake Friedman is a psychology student at Hunter College, a person who stutters, and a professionally-trained puppeteer.