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Title: An exploration of parents' experiences of the Lidcombe Program of early stuttering intervention
Author: Hayhow, Rosemarie Janet
ISNI:       0000 0004 2669 4338
Awarding Body: University of the West of England
Current Institution: University of the West of England, Bristol
Date of Award: 2008
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The Lidcombe Program (LP) is a parent based behavioural treatment for early stuttering. A series of quantitative studies have shown it is an effective treatment for eliminating stuttering in children of six years and younger. This study explores parents' experiences in order to understand more about the process of doing the LP. Twenty-one in-depth qualitative interviews took place between March 2004 and March 2006 with parents of 14 children who showed a range of responses to treatment. Six parents were interviewed twice so that changes over time could provide further insights into the daily implementation of this approach. The data was analysed using an inductive approach supported by NVivo® qualitative software. This interview data suggests that parents' experiences of the LP are influenced by their ways of making sense of the principles and procedures of the program and how these fit with their understanding of stuttering, parenting and their children who stutter. Parents experience the LP as satisfying and relatively simple when therapy proceeds straightforwardly. When progress is slower or erratic parents perceive the treatment as more complex and confusing. Failure to adequately address conflicts or difficulties in implementing the LP can reduce its therapeutic impact. Continued attempts to the use the LP when there is little or erratic progress can lead to parental distress and concern that the procedures may harm their children. The parents' perspective provides knowledge about the daily implementation of the LP that is not recorded in the quantitative studies published so far. The range of experiences described by these parents increases our understanding of the process of doing the LP and indicates how parental beliefs and children's vulnerability to stuttering might influence outcome.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Not available Qualification Level: Doctoral
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