‘It's been adapted rather than impacted’: A qualitative evaluation of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on the Positive Behavioural Support of people with an intellectual disability and/or Autism

McKenzie, Karen, Murray, George and Martin, Rachel (2021) ‘It's been adapted rather than impacted’: A qualitative evaluation of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on the Positive Behavioural Support of people with an intellectual disability and/or Autism. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. ISSN 1360-2322 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12859

Abstract

Background
We used a qualitative approach to explore the experiences of social care staff regarding the provision of positive behavioural support (PBS) to people with an intellectual disability at the height of the Covid‐19 restrictions.

Method
We conducted semi‐structured interviews with 19 staff who had recently completed a PBS workforce development programme. Data were analysed using thematic analysis.

Results
Three themes were identified in the context of the restrictions: The challenges to maintaining quality of life and PBS of the people being supported and staff attempts to overcome these; the ways in which PBS and behaviour support plans were implemented and the impact on behaviours that challenge; the ways in which PBS principles were applied at organisational levels to help to understand and address staff stress and distress.

Conclusions
Overall, the staff identified many unexpected benefits of the restrictions. The results are discussed in the context of the study limitations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The project was funded by Middlesbrough Council on behalf of Tees Local Authorities, NHS England North East and Cumbria, South Tyneside CCG on behalf of regional CCGs.
Uncontrolled Keywords: behaviours that challenge, covid-19, intellectual disability, positive behavioural support, qualitative, quality of life
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2021 16:48
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2021 10:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45204

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