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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Commun Sci Disord. 2021;26(4): 909-920.
Published online December 31, 2021.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12963/csd.21850
Reliability and Validity of the Attitudes toward Your Child’s Speech
Dahye Choia , Hyun Sub Simb , Soo Bok Leec , and Han Joe Kimd
aDepartment of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of South Alabama, Mobile, USA
bDepartment of Communication Disorders, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
cDepartment of Speech-Language Therapy & Aural Rehabilitation, Woosong University, Daejeon, Korea
dDepartment of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences, University of Houston, Houston, USA
Corresponding Author: Dahye Choi ,Tel: +1-251-445-9346, Fax: +1-251-445-9376, Email: dchoi@southalabama.edu
Received September 22, 2021  Revised: November 12, 2021   Accepted November 23, 2021
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ABSTRACT
Objectives
The purpose of this study was to determine the validity and reliability of a scale of parents’ attitude toward their child’s speech (i.e., Attitude toward Your Child’s Speech, AYCS).
Methods
The participants were 152 parents of children who stuttered (CWS). Participants completed a scale of parents’ attitudes toward their child’s speech and a scale of impact of stuttering on children and parents in the form of an online survey. Based on the collected data, the validity (i.e., content validity, construct validity, concurrent validity) and reliability (i.e., internal consistency reliability, test-retest reliability) of AYCS were assessed.
Results
The 11 items of the AYCS demonstrated high content, construct and concurrent validity assessing three factors (i.e., Joy of talking to the child, Worry about the child’s stuttering, & Acceptance of the child’s stuttering). In addition, the ACYS demonstrated moderate to excellent test-retest reliability and high internal consistency.
Conclusion
The findings indicated that the AYCS is a valid and reliable instrument to evaluate parents’ attitudes toward their child’s speech and stuttering. It is expected that the AYCS could be included as part of a comprehensive evaluation of stuttering and be used as a tool to document progress of parents’ attitudes toward stuttering during treatment of stuttering in children. Furthermore, researchers may be able to use the AYCS to test various research hypotheses regarding how parents’ attitudes toward stuttering affect their child’s development of stuttering.
Keywords: Attitude toward Your Child’s Speech | Parents of children who stutter | Attitudes toward stuttering | Validity | Reliability
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