A study on the self-disclosure of stammering in Northern Ireland

A postgraduate student at Queen’s University Belfast invites you to take part in his study on the self-disclosure of stammering.


Andrew Patterson, a postgraduate student from Queen’s University Belfast, is carrying out research into the experiences of stammerers who disclose to others that they have a stammer. This includes why, how, when and to whom a stammerer makes such a disclosure and the impact upon them of having done so.


Andrew is looking for adults (18 years or over), with all levels of stammering severity, in Northern Ireland, who have on more than one occasion disclosed their stammer to someone else or who are open about their stammering to others.


If you would like to support the research, you will be asked to meet with Andrew in strict confidence to take part in an informal interview regarding your experiences. He will use what you tell him in to create a dissertation that will add to the body of knowledge regarding stammering in general.


To take part, or if you have any questions, please email Andrew at apatterson35@qub.ac.uk.

You may also contact his supervisor, Dr. John Karamichas, at j.karamichas@qub.ac.uk.

New stammering research study

Gemma Connolly, a final year speech and language therapy student in NUI Galway, is carrying out a research study which involves talking to adults who stammer about their memories of making friends.

What will be involved?

Here’s what Gemma told Irish Stammering Association about her project:

“If you agree to take part in the study, you and I will meet for an “interview/conversation” where I will ask you questions about your life as a person who stammers and experiences you have had making friends. This should last between 30 minutes to one hour at the most. With your permission, I will audio record the conversation so that I will be able to write out the details of it afterwards (all identifying information will be removed, making it anonymous).”

Examples of questions:

What are your memories of your first friends in school?

And do you remember having a stammer at this time?

As you have grown up, has having a stammer impacted on your confidence when talking to new people and forming friendships?


Gemma is looking to talk to people aged 21 and older, and who speak English as a first language. If you are interested in taking

part, please send Gemma an email on g.nichonghoile1@nuigalway.ie and she will send you on the information pack about the study.

Survey for Adults who Stammer

Irish Stammering Association are helping researchers at University of
East Anglia, UK,  to run a questionnaire  participation in research by
adults who stammer…

“We are interested in the reasons why people agree or decline to take
part in research studies about stammering. If you are an adult who
stammers (18 years or older), we would be grateful if you would answer
the questions in this short survey.

All of your answers will be treated confidentially and will be pooled
with answers from other people for analysis. The results of the
analysis will be written up in a report and academic papers. You will
be able to access a summary of the results on the British Stammering
Association Website (www.stammering.org).

Previous research has given us some idea about the kinds of issues
that affect whether people decide to take part in research studies.
The questions that we ask in this survey are based on what researchers
have previously found. We want to know whether the same factors affect
people who stammer.

The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. There is a
progress bar at the top of each page to show you how much of the
survey you have completed. Remember to click the ‘Submit’ button when
you have completed your survey.

Here is the link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2ZS6C82