Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Factors that increase the risk of stuttering include:
- Having relatives who stutter. Stuttering tends to run in families.
- Delayed childhood development. Children who have developmental delays or other speech problems are more likely to stutter.
- Being male. Males are much more likely to stutter than are females.
- Stress. High parental expectations or other types of pressure can worsen existing stuttering.
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