An epidemiologic study of stuttering

J Commun Disord. 1994 Mar;27(1):37-48. doi: 10.1016/0021-9924(94)90009-4.


A questionnaire designed to assess the prevalence of stuttering and its relation with: (a) central nervous system risk factors; (b) associated disorders (allergies, migraine-type headache, developmental dyslexia history, smoking, and drug abuse), and (c) depression symptoms, was given to a general population sample of 1879 Spanish-speaking university students (mean age = 24.0). A prevalence of 2% of self-reported stuttering was found. Results indicated that the prevalence of minor brain injury or dysfunction, developmental dyslexia history, word-finding difficulties, and depressive symptoms was higher among the self-reported stutterers than among the nonstutterers.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Colombia / epidemiology
  • Comorbidity
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dyslexia / epidemiology
  • Dyslexia / etiology
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • Stuttering / epidemiology*
  • Stuttering / etiology