Coping with stress in adults with speech fluency disorders
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Institute of Psychology, University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland
Submission date: 2016-09-12
Final revision date: 2016-11-02
Acceptance date: 2016-11-04
Online publication date: 2016-12-16
Publication date: 2017-04-01
Current Issues in Personality Psychology 2017;5(2):143-148
Stuttering is a developmental speech disorder that affects the fluency of speech. Persons who stutter perceive speaking situations and social interactions as threatening.

Participants and procedure
Nineteen (47.50%) adults with speech fluency disorders (SFD) and 21 (52.50%) without participated in the study. All participants completed the following measures individually: the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, the Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations (CISS), and an informational survey.

Our study confirmed that persons with SFD experience more stressful situations in life and feel greater anxiety, both as a trait and as a state, which influences their daily life. The negative affect experienced contributed to their preferred use of Emotion-Oriented Coping strategies, at the expense of more proactive Task-Oriented Coping. Experienced stress and anxiety influenced and consolidated their habitual stress coping styles, devoted mainly to dealing with negative emotions.

Stuttering affects daily activities, interpersonal relationships, and the quality of life. Therefore, professional support should include adaptive, task-oriented coping.
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