Thesis Title

Clinicians' Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Group Therapy For Aphasia

Date of Graduation

Spring 1997

Degree

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Committee Chair

Klaas Bakker

Subject Categories

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Abstract

Speech-language pathologists' beliefs of group therapy effectiveness for patients with aphasia were examined, and the results are presented in this paper. Seventy-five SLPs who specialize in neurogenic communication disorders completed and returned questionnaires. After the data was analyzed, it was determined that most participants believed a combination of individual and group treatment was most beneficial to communication improvement in individuals with aphasia. Further, the relationship between perceived effectiveness of group treatment when considering time post-onset of injury was found to be significant. Finally, a thorough description of procedures used by participants in group treatment settings is presented. In order to substantiate and support these findings, research within a group treatment research study that involves examination of patients with aphasia is needed.

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© Charity Faith Shelton

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