The Gender Imbalance within Speech and Language Therapy
Cardiff Metropolitan University
MetadataShow full item record
Background: Male Speech and Language Therapists account for 2.9% of the profession in the UK (HPC, 2011). There is mounting pressure to create a more diverse workforce by increasing the number of males. However, research into the reasons males choose to enter the profession is both limited and dated. Aims: The aims of the current study were to explore what influenced the current undergraduate male students at one university in the UK to become Speech and Language Therapists; to ascertain how they found out about the profession; and what effect, if any, the gender imbalance had on them up to this point in their training. Methods and Procedures: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) of semi-structured interviews with six male undergraduate Speech and Language Therapists. Outcomes and Results: Factors that influenced the decision to become a SLT included the desire to work in healthcare, the desire to help people, the range of practice and having an interest in a particular aspect of the profession. Most participants found out about SLT by researching degree courses online or in prospectuses or by chance. Most participants reported being a minority had advantages in university but the lack of male Placement Educators (PE) was highlighted as a negative aspect of the gender imbalance. Participants indicated support from other males in the profession would be beneficial. Conclusions and Implications: Universities need to ensure they are promoting the profession effectively online and providing male students with the opportunity to be with male PEs. Consideration needs to be given to creating a male support network covering all UK universities.
Showing items related by title, author, subject and abstract.
“There must be more men out there”: Female Speech and Language Therapists’ perceptions and experiences of males working within the profession Garry, Georgina (2018-05)Background: Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) is generally considered a female-dominated profession, with male Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) making up just 3% of all SLTs in the UK. Despite this vast imbalance of ...
Newly qualified practitioners’ perceptions of the definition and management of challenging behaviour on the paediatric caseload Jones, Cain Eleri (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2016)Background: Due to the apparent comorbid relationship between speech language and communication difficulties (SLCD) and challenging behaviour (Kevan, 2003; Campbell 1995) speech and language therapists (SLTs) are very ...
Jolliffe, Hannah (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2011)Research suggests the efficiency of speech and language therapy (SLT) services are at risk due to inaccurate referrals. Shortcomings have also been found in the levels of collaboration between the teaching and SLT professions, ...