Qualitative Research and Speech-Language Pathology A Tutorial for the Clinical Realm Clinical Forum
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Qualitative Research and Speech-Language Pathology
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jack S. Damico, PhD
    The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Nina N. Simmons-Mackie
    Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond
  • Contact author: Jack S. Damico, PhD, The Doris B. Hawthorne Center, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, P.O. Box 43170, Lafayette, LA 70504-3170. E-mail: jsdamico@louisiana.edu
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Clinical Forum: Qualitative Research
Clinical Forum   |   May 01, 2003
Qualitative Research and Speech-Language Pathology
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2003, Vol. 12, 131-143. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2003/060)
History: Received May 30, 2002 , Accepted August 20, 2002
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2003, Vol. 12, 131-143. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2003/060)
History: Received May 30, 2002; Accepted August 20, 2002
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As an analytic paradigm, qualitative research offers much to clinical speech-language pathology. This paradigm has a long history of use in the social sciences, and it is well suited to address the complex issues of speech, language, and communication. As an introduction to this forum on qualitative research, this article provides an operational definition of qualitative research, discusses the primary distinguishing traits of this research paradigm, and describes six viable traditions of inquiry for our application. Additionally, numerous qualitative studies within our field are considered, and five potential reasons for the increased use of qualitative research studies in our discipline are discussed.

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