Beyond Technique: Stages of Change and Therapy for Teens Who Stutter

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
111 Church St
Iowa City, IA 52242

In this Obermann Afternoons talk, Tricia Zebrowski (Commnication Science & Disorders, CLAS) will present her current work on the application of the Transtheoretical Model of behavior change (TTM) to develop relapse prevention strategies for adolescents who stutter. Using the TTM as a theoretical base, she and her collaborators at the University of Rhode Island Cancer Prevention Research Center have proposed that a key factor in relapse and noncompliance among adolescents who stutter is a mismatch of treatment strategies to the teen’s readiness to use them. Building upon a body of basic and applied research using the TTM to develop interventions for a wide range of clinical populations, using the TTM to develop interventions for a wide range of clinical populations, the specific aim of this exploratory project is to develop and validate three new measurement scales for the key constructs of the TTM: (1) stage of change, (2) decisional balance and (3) situational self- efficacy, for adolescents who stutter.