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Leadership at the front line: impact of practice leadership management style on staff experience in services for people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour.

Deveau, R., McGill, Peter (2014) Leadership at the front line: impact of practice leadership management style on staff experience in services for people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 39 (1). pp. 65-72. ISSN 1366-8250. (doi:10.3109/13668250.2013.865718) (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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Abstract

Background The aim of this research was to explore the impact of a particular management style called practice leadership upon the experience of staff working in services for people with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour. Such staff have been shown to experience high stress and lack of job satisfaction. Support by the immediate manager may be an important ameliorating factor. However, style of manager support requires further exploration. Method A single point-in-time survey of staff in adult residential services within the South East of England collected data on practice leadership, stress, and positive work experiences. Results Practice leadership was positively associated with lower stress, greater positive work experiences for staff, and more strongly associated with “developmental” than “supportive” leadership. Effect sizes were small to medium. Conclusions Staff experience of working in challenging environments may be improved by style of front-line leadership. However, further conceptualisation and research of staff experience and practice leadership is required.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3109/13668250.2013.865718
Uncontrolled keywords: leadership, management, staff stress, challenging behaviour, intellectual disability
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 12:08 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:18 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47518 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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