Personality Dimensions of Speech-Language Pathologists Who Work With Clients Who Stutter

Debora Freud, Gil Zukerman, Michal Icht

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Abstract

The personality characteristics of the speech-language pathologists (SLPs) may impact their success with each client they see, specifically in stuttering therapy. This initial study explores a general personality profile of SLPs who work in the area of stuttering compared with SLPs who do not. Personality dimensions were measured by the NEO Five-Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI). An occupational questionnaire was also administered. Results from 142 respondents were available for the analysis. Results indicated a significant interaction of group affiliation and patterns of NEO-FFI personality dimensions. SLPs who work with persons who stutter (PWS) were characterized by lower levels of Neuroticism. Lower Neuroticism levels, which are associated with elevated resilience to anxiety, may be a personality trait of SLPs who choose to work with PWS. Possibly, the SLPs’ resilience may facilitate a better therapeutic alliance with stuttering clients. We discuss the importance of the personality dimensions of the SLPs in the SLPs’ career education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-218
Number of pages12
JournalCommunication Disorders Quarterly
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • NEO-FFI
  • personality
  • speech-language pathologists
  • stuttering
  • therapeutic relationship

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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