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

Karen McKenzie, George Murray, Rachel Martin, Aja Louise Murray, Dale Metcalfe

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Abstract

Background: 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.
Method: 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.
Results: 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.
Conclusions: The results are discussed in the context of the study limitations and restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 May 2021

Keywords

  • positive behavioural support
  • intellectual disability
  • autism
  • impact
  • Behaviours that Challenge
  • quality of life

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