The gender imbalance among speech and language therapists and students

Boyd, Steven and Hewlett, Nigel (2001) The gender imbalance among speech and language therapists and students. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders., 36 (S1). pp. 167-172. ISSN ISSN: 1368-2822 Online ISSN: 1460-6984

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Speech and language therapy is still a predominantly female profession. This paper reports the numbers and percentages of males among the population of student speech and language therapists in the UK in 1999–2000. The numbers imply that there is no prospect of redressing the gender imbalance in the near future. Information was gathered by means of a questionnaire to male speech and language therapy students and male therapists on the reasons for their career choice and their occupation-related experiences concerning their gender. Most therapists reported advantages from their gender but a minority reported difficulties arising from being a man in the speech and language therapy profession. The issue of working alone with children is identified as being in urgent need of resolution.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2011 10:22
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 15:40


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