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Content analysis of the professional journal of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists III: 1966-2015 - into the twenty first century

Armstrong, L; Stansfield, J; Bloch, SJ; (2017) Content analysis of the professional journal of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists III: 1966-2015 - into the twenty first century. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders , 52 (6) pp. 681-688. 10.1111/1460-6984.12313. Green open access

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Abstract

AIM: To understand better the development of the UK speech and language therapy profession over the last 50 years. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: All volumes of the professional journal of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists published between 1966 and 2015 (British Journal of Communication Disorders, European Journal of Communication Disorders and International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders) were examined using content analysis. The content was compared with that of the same journal as it appeared from 1935 to 1965. OUTCOMES AND RESULTS: The journal has shown a trend towards more multi-authored and international papers, and a formalization of research methodologies. The volume of papers has increased considerably. Topic areas have expanded, but retain many of the areas of study found in earlier issues of the journal. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: The journal and its articles reflect the growing complexity of conditions being researched by speech and language therapists and their professional colleagues and give an indication of the developing evidence base for intervention and the diverse routes which speech and language therapy practice has taken over the last 50 years.

Type: Article
Title: Content analysis of the professional journal of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists III: 1966-2015 - into the twenty first century
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1460-6984.12313
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1460-6984.12313
Language: English
Additional information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Armstrong, L., Stansfield, J. and Bloch, S. (2017), Content analysis of the professional journal of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, III: 1966–2015—into the 21st century. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 52: 681–688. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12313, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1460-6984.12313. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: content analysis; history; speech and language therapy (SLT)
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1534626
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