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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Miss William Hinsdale

First Committee Member

Glenn R. Peace

Second Committee Member

J. W. Harris


The purpose of this study was to observe intensively, by means of complete case-histories, the general and specific conditions, past and present, causing a lack of social adjustment in eight stammers. The subjects were stammerers from the Stockton High School who showed by examination that they were socially maladjusted.

The study aimed to discover whether traits and abilities present in the stammerers, as represented by their interests and achievements, contributed to their lack of social adjustment; and whether, by a process of reeducation in the light of their history and present condition, their social adjustment could be made.

Assuming oral stammering to be a symptom which indicated the individual unable to make adjustment to the group because of some emotional attitudes or conflicts, a further aim was to help the subjects of this study to improve their speech with the hope that they would thereby be able to make a more satisfactory social adjustment.



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