The impact of COVID‐19 restrictions in the United Kingdom on the positive behavioural support of people with an intellectual disability

Murray, George, McKenzie, Karen, Martin, Rachel and Murray, Aja (2021) The impact of COVID‐19 restrictions in the United Kingdom on the positive behavioural support of people with an intellectual disability. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 49 (2). pp. 138-144. ISSN 1354-4187

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Abstract

Background: It has been suggested that COVID-19 and the associated restrictions are likely to have a negative impact on the provision of positive behavioural support (PBS) to people with an intellectual disability. Methods: Fifty-eight staff, who had recently completed an accredited positive behavioural support (PBS) programme, responded to an online questionnaire, which asked them to rate the impact of COVID-19 on factors related to PBS. Results: Participants reported a neutral or somewhat positive impact on all the areas measured, with the exception of the activities and quality of life of those they supported, which were somewhat negatively affected. The participants rated the learning from their PBS programme as helping them cope with COVID-19 to some extent. Examples of positive and negative effects and ways in which PBS helped staff to cope are presented. Conclusions: Many staff developed creative solutions that allowed them to provide PBS despite the COVID-19 restrictions. PBS learning appeared to help staff cope with the negative impact of the restrictions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: The project was funded by the Middlesbrough Council on behalf of Tees Local Authorities, NHS England North East and Cumbria, and South Tyneside CCG on behalf of regional CCGs.
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, positive behavioural support, intellectual disability, social care staff
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C800 Psychology
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2021 08:32
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 10:46
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45418

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