Solving Unsolvable Stuttering After well over half a century of systematic research, involving hundreds of studies, stuttering remains a mystery. Accordingly, clinicians are left with virtually no scientific guidance as to what problems have to be solved for treatment to be optimally effective. But, since the 30s, research into the nature of stuttering ... Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   September 01, 1994
Solving Unsolvable Stuttering
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • William H. Perkins
    University of Southern California, 5425 Weatherford Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90008
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Viewpoint: Speech-Language Pathology Moving Toward the 21st Century
Viewpoint   |   September 01, 1994
Solving Unsolvable Stuttering
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, September 1994, Vol. 3, 32-33. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0303.32
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, September 1994, Vol. 3, 32-33. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0303.32
After well over half a century of systematic research, involving hundreds of studies, stuttering remains a mystery. Accordingly, clinicians are left with virtually no scientific guidance as to what problems have to be solved for treatment to be optimally effective. But, since the 30s, research into the nature of stuttering has compiled mountains of data about disfluency only suspected of being stuttered. The size of the pile has been taken as evidence of progress. In reality, it has been a demonstration of futility. Progress in science is measured by how rapidly problems are solved, not by how much data are gathered (Perkins, 1971, chap. 2). The dominant questions have cycled back and forth between constitutional and environmental explanations. The cycles have persisted because neither approach has produced incisive enough questions to generate a lead that even approximates a satisfactory explanation of stuttering.
First Page Preview
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview ×
View Large
Order a Subscription
Pay Per View
Entire American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology content & archive
24-hour access
This Article
24-hour access