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Title: The missing link in child abuse and neglect reporting: Speech-language pathologists
Authors: Dunn, Kerry
Pollack, Daniel
Konrad, Shelley
Medved, Michaela
Keywords: Social work
Speech Therapy
speech-language pathology
mandated reporting
interdisciplinary work
Issue Date: 30-Nov-2022
Publisher: Yeshiva University
Citation: Medved, M. A. (2022, November 30). The missing link in child abuse and neglect reporting: Speech-language pathologists (Publication No. 30243948) [Doctoral dissertation, Yeshiva University]. PDTG
Series/Report no.: Wurzweiler School of Social Work Dissertations;Publication No. 30243948
Abstract: Previous research has noted that there are a variety of barriers and hesitations associated with being a mandated reporter for suspected child abuse or neglect across healthcare professionals and what role interdisciplinary team members have on reporting behaviors. However, the literature has minimally included speech-language pathologists, specifically those working in a medical setting, in this discussion. This study examined the reporting behaviors of speech-language pathologists working in a medical setting on an interdisciplinary team by specifically looking at individual perceptions and experiences with reporting. In a qualitative, phenomenological research study, 10 speech-language pathologists were interviewed. Participants reported that being on an interdisciplinary team is an overall positive experience, however it does not largely contribute to the decision to report suspected child abuse or neglect; rather it was noted that individual experiences are what truly drive reporting behaviors and habits. Barriers associated with reporting included: fear of retaliation, considering possible alternatives to reporting, having an unsupportive administration, a lack of education on familial dynamics and socioeconomic factors when working with families, the presence of an unspoken hierarchy, a lack of knowledge on reporting, and the time associated with making a report. Building on these findings it is evident that there is a lack of education provided for speech-language pathologists on the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect and that more stringent policies and procedures need to be put in place for reporting. Finally, this study concludes with a discussion of the implications and contributions of this work for speech-language pathology practice and education. 
Description: Doctoral dissertation, PhD / Open Access
ISBN: 9798368429878
Appears in Collections:Wurzweiler School of Social Work: Dissertations

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