The personality characteristics of the speech-language pathologists (SLPs) may impact their success with each client they see, specifically in stuttering therapy. This initial study explores a general personality profile of SLPs who work in the area of stuttering compared with SLPs who do not. Personality dimensions were measured by the NEO Five-Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI). An occupational questionnaire was also administered. Results from 142 respondents were available for the analysis. Results indicated a significant interaction of group affiliation and patterns of NEO-FFI personality dimensions. SLPs who work with persons who stutter (PWS) were characterized by lower levels of Neuroticism. Lower Neuroticism levels, which are associated with elevated resilience to anxiety, may be a personality trait of SLPs who choose to work with PWS. Possibly, the SLPs’ resilience may facilitate a better therapeutic alliance with stuttering clients. We discuss the importance of the personality dimensions of the SLPs in the SLPs’ career education.
- speech-language pathologists
- therapeutic relationship