Public attitudes toward stuttering in Malaysia

Shin Ying Chu*, Rachael Unicomb, Jaehoon Lee, Kai Shuo Cho, Kenneth O. St Louis, Elisabeth Harrison, Grace McConnell

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This study aims to: (a) measure public attitudes toward stuttering in Malaysia using the Public Opinion Survey of Human Attitudes-Stuttering [POSHA-S], (b) determine how reported attitudes and knowledge related to stuttering compare to existing data, and (c) determine whether there are differences between groups for identified variables.

A total of 250 adults (mean age = 29 years; range = 19–60 years) completed the POSHA–S in English. We compared this sample's attitudes toward stuttering to POSHA-S data from other global samples. General linear modeling examined differences in overall stuttering score, beliefs, and self reaction subscores for demographic variables such as age, gender, marital status, parenting, education, employment status, prior exposure to a person who stutters, multilingual, race, and religion.

The Malaysian participants’ overall stuttering score and the beliefs and self reactions subscores were all considerably lower (i.e., less positive) than the other samples around the world from the POSHA-S database median values. Being male, receiving a higher education, and knowing someone who stutters were linked to having more positive self reactions, but none of those factors was linked to positive or negative beliefs. Those who had previously been exposed to stuttering scored significantly higher than those who had not.

Malaysians may have less positive attitudes toward stuttering than Westerners. More needs to be done to make society more accepting of people who stutter. Future research should aim to find ways to educate and to raise public awareness about stuttering.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105942
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Fluency Disorders
Early online date7 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • stuttering
  • attitudes
  • public
  • Malaysia


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