Putting Cluttering on the World Map: Formation of the International Cluttering Association

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Re: cluttering therapy

From: Ken St. Louis
Date: 03 Oct 2007
Time: 14:27:10 -0500
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Dear Maria and Amy, You received some good answers from Peter and Florence about the therapy. There really is very little data on prevalence of cluttering, especially relating to the sex ratio. I might mention an unusual way we recently looked at that issue. Collaborating with several coauthors in the USA, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Russia, we asked people on the street to identify stutterers and clutterers that they knew, after providing definitions of the disorders. Interestingly, we found that these lay persons knew far more males than females who stutter but, in three of eight sample comparisons (children and adults in four countries), more females than males were reported to clutter. This was not a careful epidemiological study, but it suggests that the sex ratio for cluttering might well be different from that of stuttering. Only further research could answer that question. And one important issue relating to such research is the issue of "What is cluttering." I hope that issue is essentially solved in my lifetime. <smile> Ken St. Louis

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