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An evaluation of staff training in positive behavioural support

MacDonald, Anne, McGill, Peter, Murphy, Glynis (2018) An evaluation of staff training in positive behavioural support. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 31 (6). pp. 1046-1061. ISSN 1360-2322. E-ISSN 1468-3148. (doi:10.1111/jar.12460) (KAR id:66770)


Background: Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) has been shown to be effective in minimising challenging behaviour, and improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Training in PBS is an important factor in achieving good coverage in the use of PBS. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of training managers of social care services in PBS.

Method: A year-long training programme in PBS was delivered to 50 managers of community-based services for people with challenging behaviour. Data were collected pre and post training, and at 6 month follow-up. A non-randomised control group design was used.

Results: Data demonstrated significant reduction in challenging behaviour. However, there was no change in quality of life for service users.

Conclusion: Training in PBS can reduce challenging behaviour in people with intellectual disabilities; demonstrating any impact of PBS training on quality of life remains a challenge.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jar.12460
Uncontrolled keywords: Positive Behavioural Support; challenging behaviour; staff training
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Peter McGill
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2018 14:31 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 00:50 UTC
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