The impact of staff training on the knowledge of support staff in relation to bereavement and people with an intellectual disability

Watters, Laura, McKenzie, Karen and Wright, Rachel (2012) The impact of staff training on the knowledge of support staff in relation to bereavement and people with an intellectual disability. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 40 (3). pp. 194-200. ISSN 1354 4187

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-3156.2011.00693.x

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate whether a 1-day training course improved support staff knowledge about bereavement and grief in people with a learning disability. A questionnaire based, mixed design was used. Forty-eight participants were randomly assigned to one of two equal groups. A staggered design allowed for group 2 to act both as a control group and to receive training. Within- and between-group comparisons were made. Training significantly improved staff knowledge in all the areas measured. An analysis of staff knowledge at 1 month after training was not possible due to a low response rate. A short training course was successful in significantly increasing the knowledge of paid carers about issues relating to bereavement for people with a learning disability. The clinical and ethical implications of the study are discussed along with limitations and suggestions for further research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bereavement, staff knowledge, training
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Karen Mckenzie
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2014 08:44
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2017 04:54
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18080

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