Locus of Control Comparison in Adults Who Stutter and Who Do not Stutter
Locus of control (LOC) orientation is one of the personality traits that have been found to be important for adults who stutter (AWS) in terms of treatment outcome and its predictive value on maintenance of treatment gains. Due to its culturally sensitive nature, we aimed to compare AWS with adults who do not stutter (AWNS) in Turkey. We also examined LOC score differences in terms of treatment-related conditions and self-help support group (SHSG) participation among AWS. The participants completed Rotter’s Internal-External LOC (I-E LOC) Scale and a participant information form. These forms were combined into a single electronic format and sent to the participants recruited through convenience sampling. SHSG participants were reached via their official social media account. Group differences were examined using descriptive and inferential statistics. No statistically significant difference was observed between AWS and AWNS. SHSG participation, treatment involvement and other treatment-related conditions did not yield statistically significant I-E LOC score differences among AWS subgroups, either. General LOC measurement might not be suitable for examining treatment-related group differences in AWS as none of our observations produced statistically significant results. Self-efficacy or speech-related LOC measurements can be used to expand current literature in this cultural setting. This study has potential clinical implications while working with AWS.