Coping responses by adults who stutter, Part 2

Who's the boss?

Another thing that helped, according to the participants, was to be assertive and “taking own responsibility for change.”  All of them found it was beneficial to “seek information” about the problem, and  knowledge about the nature of it helped their confidence levels as they worked on overcoming patterns of avoidance. Friends, family and religious institutions also provided support, as well as – to detrimental effect – negative influences such as street gangs.

Less than perfect

As one major step in dealing in a more effective way with their stuttering, more than half the participants found it necessary to abandon the idea of achieving total fluency in their speech. To some degree, stuttering would always be a part of their lives; and accepting this helped them to accept themselves, and they were less demoralized by minor set-backs in life as a result. In fact, it even brought some positive aspects of stuttering to their attention; more depth as a person, the building of character, empathy and compassion towards others.


Many people who stutter discover that patterns of avoidance and withdrawal come at a cost to their overall quality of life. To approach the problem rather than avoiding it resulted in greater confidence, increased self-esteem, enhanced social life and generally better quality of life.

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