Mother-child relationships and stuttering in children
Wyatt, Gertrud L.
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The Problem. Theories concerning the origin and treatment of stuttering have varied widely. Older theories have been highly speculative, while a more systematic clinical and experimental approach has been prevalent lately. A major weakness of research studies has been the lack of adequate conceptual schemes for systematizing the data and the absence of specific hypotheses to be tested. In this study recent findings in genetic psychology, in the psychology of language, and in the psychoanalytic study of ego development have been utilized for the formulation of a "developmental crisis" theory of stuttering. The onset of stuttering has been interpreted as the result of a crisis in language learning coincident with a crisis in the relationship between mother and child. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University