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anticipatory struggle

The anticipatory-struggle hypothesis, which permits a wide array of etiological possibilities, suggests that stuttering involves both the prior anticipation and expectation that speech is a difficult task to perform, as well as the tensions, fragmentations and struggle (effort) associated with attempts to gain release from the moment of stuttering itself.

Definition reprinted with permission from Hood, Stephen B. (editor) available from Stuttering Foundation of America: Stuttering Words (Publication No 2: Speech Foundation of America)

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