Personality Type & the SLP’s Employment Setting: Is There a Pattern?

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Schurr, Ashley Ann
speech-language pathologist; work setting; personality type; Myers-Briggs
thesis / dissertation description
The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a pattern in the practicing SLP’s personality type (similar to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and the employment setting the speech-language pathologist currently works in. Speech-language pathologists across the U.S. who hold the certificate of clinical competence (CCC) were surveyed, being randomly selected from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) mailing list. Due to low response rate, data was then gathered in an alternate way, through ASHA Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Data was analyzed as two separate data sets, then combined for a n=321. Combined data showed that top personality types in the sample were ESFJ and ISFJ, both representing 20% of the sample. Results indicated that there was a wide spread of personality types in each of the possible work settings, showing variation of personalities in the profession. Extrovert types were more common in the health care and college/university setting, while introvert types were more common in the education, private practice and telepractice setting. ESFJ was most common in health care and private practice, while ISFJ was most common in educational settings (K-12, early intervention, preschool). The findings of this study will be useful to guide future research, as well as the future of the field of speech language pathology.