Mental health in children study

An online research study for children who stammer (aged 8-13) and parents, by UCL. Free book token for children who take part.

Researchers at University College London (UCL) are inviting children who stammer and their parents to take part in an online research study about stammering and mental health in children.

PhD student and Speech & Language Therapist Ria Bernard, says, "Can you spare 20 minutes to complete our online questionnaire? Children will receive a book token for taking part!"

Background & purpose

"There has been a lot of research into levels of anxiety in adults who stammer," says Ria, "but less research into children and young people who stammer.

'Through this research, we hope to improve our understanding of the social, emotional and mental health development of children who stammer so that we can ensure that children receive the most effective support."

What does it involve?

As part of the study, we are asking children who stammer and their parents to complete an online questionnaire. The questionnaire is divided into two: one section for parents and the other for the child to complete. Each section of the questionnaire should take around 20 minutes. 

Children will also receive a book token for taking part.

Who can take part?

We are inviting children who stammer who:

  • are aged between 8 and 13 years 
  • live in the UK.

How to take part

If you are interested in taking part or just want more information, please click here:


If you have any questions or want to get in touch, you can contact Ria Bernard directly by emailing

This study is funded by the ESRC and Action for Stammering Children Charity, and has been granted UCL Ethical Approval. 

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