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Clínica y Salud

On-line version ISSN 2174-0550Print version ISSN 1130-5274


MORENO-JIMENEZ, Jennifer E et al. Long-term effectiveness of a mindfulness based intervention (MBI) program for stuttering: a case study. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2021, vol.32, n.2, pp.55-63.  Epub June 14, 2021. ISSN 2174-0550.

A mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) to address emotional factors that may negatively impact the fluency of the subjects was implemented. A MBI consisting of 5 weekly 2-h sessions was designed and applied to two stuttering cases. The goals were to lower stuttering and to reduce anxiety through the acquisition of mindfulness skills. Participants were asked to video-record a speaking task and to fill out anxiety and mindfulness skills self-reports pre and post-intervention. Both participants diminished stuttering error rates from severe (participant 1) and moderate (participant 2) to mild. Participant 2, who showed high pre-treatment anxiety, showed a significant reduction. A year-follow-up revealed that therapeutic gains in anxiety, mindfulness skills, and stuttering were successfully maintained in both participants. This is the first study focused on emotional aspects of stuttering showing long-term improvements through a MBI. MBI programs could serve as a promising complement for stuttering treatments.

Keywords : Stuttering; Mindfulness; Mindfulness-based intervention; Long-term effectiveness; Case study.

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