diagnosogenic theory

di·ag·no·so·gen·ic the·o·ry

(dī-ăg-nos'ŏ-jen'ik thē'ŏr-ē)
As applied to stuttering, a theory that attributes the disorder to misdiagnosis of normal disfluency in a young child; the resultant anxiety exacerbates the disfluency and establishes stuttering as a disorder.
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Speech pathologists ponder ethical aspects of their profession, pivoting on a now classic 1939 study by Mary Tudor to test Wendell Johnson's diagnosogenic theory of stuttering.
Professor Gateley's refereed paper "Johnson's Diagnosogenic Theory of Stuttering: An Update," appeared in the Spring 2003 ETC.
I believe that Johnson's Diagnosogenic theory and resulting therapy, whether he intended it or not, was a roundabout way of treating early childhood stuttering with symptom-removal psychotherapy.
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