Ethics In Speech-Language Pathology: Service Provision And Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Individuals

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Erica M. Baker (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Jennifer Dalton

Abstract: Background. The ethics and appropriateness of speech-language pathology service provision to culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) individuals in largely monolingual countries has been called into question in the past several years. This paper outlines methods for appropriate service provision and considerations that need to be made during provision of services to these individuals.Aims. This study explores perceptions of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) concerning the ethics of their own service provision and those of the discipline as a whole. This study also aims to explore the relationship between clinical preparedness in SLPs and the resulting ethics of their own clinical practices.Methods and Procedures. An online survey of SLPs was conducted, with particular emphasis on the recruitment of bilingual SLPs or those interested and involved in multicultural/multilingual issues (MMI). Results from this study were statistically analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.Outcomes and Results. Participants included 88 SLPs practicing in the United States. Responses from these participants indicated that SLPs believe their own services to be more ethical than that of the general field. A significant correlation was found to exist between greater levels of preparedness in SLPs and more ethical service provision. A significant disparity was found to exist between the level of confidence with which SLPs provide services to CLD individuals and the level at which they rate their own ethics.Conclusions. Greater preparation of SLPs to provide services to CLD populations results in higher levels of ethical practices. However, further research is needed to explore the correlation between perceptions of confidence and ethical services, as well as how to improve preparedness of SLPs.

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Honors Project
Baker, E. (2017). "Ethics In Speech-Language Pathology: Service Provision And Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Individuals." Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2017
Speech-language pathology (SLP), Cultural and linguistic diversity (CLD), Multicultural/multilingual issues (MMI), Bilingual speech-language pathology

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