A quantitative evaluation of a regional Positive Behavioural Support workforce development approach

McKenzie, Karen, Murray, George, Martin, Rachel, Murray, Aja and Metcalfe, Dale (2021) A quantitative evaluation of a regional Positive Behavioural Support workforce development approach. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. ISSN 1360-2322 (In Press)

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Research suggests that providing staff with input in relation to Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) can have beneficial outcomes. Much of this research, however, fails to take account of systemic issues and does not include a control group.
We used a non-randomised, controlled group design to evaluate accredited PBS programmes, delivered as part of a systemic, regional, workforce development approach. We compared outcomes of those attending the programmes (n = 240) with a control group (n = 54), pre and post intervention and at 3 months follow up.
The programme and its wider impact were rated positively. Significant intervention effects were found for staff practice and retention, but not for staff knowledge and attributions, or behaviours that challenge and quality of life of those being supported.
The results are discussed in the context of the study limitations and restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Positive Behavioural Support, Intellectual Disability, Autism, Impact, Behaviours that Challenge, Quality of Life
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L400 Social Policy
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 24 May 2021 09:01
Last Modified: 28 May 2021 12:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46251

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