Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11861/6316
Title: Public perspectives on communication disorders and profession of speech-language pathology
Authors: Chu, Shin Ying 
Tang, Keng Ping 
McConnell, Grace 
Mohd Rasdi, Hanif Farhan 
Dr. YUEN Man-Ching, Connie 
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Speech, Language and Hearing, 2019, vol. 22(3), pp. 172-182.
Journal: Speech, Language and Hearing 
Abstract: This study aimed to investigate the knowledge and attitudes toward communication disorders and speech-language pathology among the general public in Malaysia. A self-developed questionnaire consisting of items related to knowledge and attitudes about communication disorders and speech-language pathology was distributed via Google form and a paper-pencil format. A total of 535 responses were obtained. Descriptive analyses based on the comparison of the demographics to the knowledge and attitude levels were conducted using inferential statistics. More than half of the respondents showed a moderate knowledge level about communication disorders and a high knowledge about speech-language pathology. In terms of attitudes, 67.3% of the respondents perceived a positive attitude towards people with communication disorders, and 86.5% of them were generally positive regarding the profession of speech-language pathology. Health professionals demonstrated a higher knowledge level and more positive attitudes toward communication disorders and speech-language pathology compared to other professions (teachers/services, business, engineers, and jobless/retired). Additionally, respondents with a higher educational level (masters or Ph.D. holders) had greater knowledge about speech-language pathology and more positive attitudes toward communication disorders compared to those who were primary or secondary school graduates. Providing more education and awareness programs about communication disorders and speech-language pathology to the general public should be implemented to improve current practices and expectations in service delivery.
Type: Peer Reviewed Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11861/6316
ISSN: 2050-5728
2050-571X
DOI: 10.1080/2050571X.2019.1570705
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