Measuring practice leadership in supported accommodation services for people with intellectual disability: Comparing staff-rated and observational measures

Bould, Emma and Beadle-Brown, Julie and Bigby, Christine and Iacono, Teresa (2016) Measuring practice leadership in supported accommodation services for people with intellectual disability: Comparing staff-rated and observational measures. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, . ISSN 1366-8250. (In press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2016.1259466) (Full text available)

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Abstract

Background Studies incorporating staff-rated or observational measures of practice leadership have shown that where practice leadership is stronger, active support is better implemented. The study aim was to compare measures of practice leadership used in previous research to determine the extent of their correspondence. Method A subset of data from a longitudinal study regarding 29 front-line managers working across 36 supported accommodation services in Australia was used. An observed measure of practice leadership, based on an interview and observation of a front-line manager, was compared with ratings of practice leadership completed by staff. The quality of active support was rated after a 2-hour structured observation. Results Correlations between staff-rated and observed measures were non-significant. Only the observed measure was correlated with the quality of active support. Conclusions This study provides evidence to support using an observational measure of practice leadership rather than reliance on staff ratings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: intellectual disability; practice leadership; observed; staffrated; quality of support; supported accommodation
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Sarah Saines
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2017 17:17 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2017 09:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60479 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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