Do Demographic and Cultural Differences Exist in Adulthood? As Editor, I have been struck by how few studies submitted to the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology attend to the cultural, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity that exists within the adult population. Information is infrequently provided about the cultural, racial, and/or ethnic backgrounds of the participants. To be fair, ... Editorial
Editorial  |   August 01, 2012
Do Demographic and Cultural Differences Exist in Adulthood?
 
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  • Editor: Carol Scheffner Hammer
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Editorial
Editorial   |   August 01, 2012
Do Demographic and Cultural Differences Exist in Adulthood?
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 2012, Vol. 21, 181-182. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2012/ed-03)
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 2012, Vol. 21, 181-182. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2012/ed-03)
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As Editor, I have been struck by how few studies submitted to the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology attend to the cultural, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity that exists within the adult population. Information is infrequently provided about the cultural, racial, and/or ethnic backgrounds of the participants. To be fair, many studies do report the educational status of participants, which can be viewed as a proxy for socioeconomic status (SES); however, the role of SES typically is not central to the research questions, nor is it considered in the analyses. As a result, the field of speech-language pathology has little information about differences that occur among adult populations with various speech and language disorders. However, there are reasons to hypothesize that differences do exist in the speech and language abilities of adults from diverse backgrounds who have various diagnoses and that individuals from diverse backgrounds may respond differently to intervention. We cannot assume that there are no differences without having conducted studies that investigate such factors.
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