Active support: A critical review and commentary

Stancliffe, Roger J. and Jones, Edwin and Mansell, Jim and Lowe, Kathy (2008) Active support: A critical review and commentary. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 33 (3). pp. 196-214. ISSN 1366-8250. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Background Active Support (AS) is an approach for promoting increased engagement in activities by people with intellectual disability (ID). Method We critically reviewed the available research on AS, and added a commentary to help guide future research and practice. Results Despite weaknesses in the research design of some studies, there is consistent evidence that AS results in increased engagement in activities. There is also some limited evidence of other beneficial outcomes. All published research to date has involved people with ID in community group homes with 24-hour staffing. Conclusion The established efficacy of AS for increasing engagement means that research attention can now be given to: (a) developing AS to enhance its positive impact on outcomes such as choice and relationships; (b) exploring the wider implementation of AS beyond community group homes and people with ID; and (c) examining the effectiveness of wide-scale implementation of AS, with careful attention to issues such as management, organisational and staffing factors, and cost.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: active support; engagement; participation; choice; support; staff training; group home; activity; intellectual disability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV3008 Mental handicap and social care
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Louise Dorman
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2009 15:25
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