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Title: Bereavement and individuals with learning disabilities : an evaluation of the impact of staff training on the knowledge and confidence of support staff
Author: Watters, L. J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2008
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Abstract:
This study aimed to investigate whether staff training improved knowledge about bereavement and grief, bereavement and grief in individuals with a learning disability and supporting an individual with a learning disability at a time of bereavement in staff from support provider organisations. The study also aimed to investigate whether training improved staff’s self rated levels of confidence about offering support to an individual with a learning disability who has experienced bereavement. A mixed design was used to investigate the impact of a one day training course on the above factors. Forty eight participants were recruited and randomly assigned to one of two groups, each consisting of twenty four members of staff. In addition to the development of a one day training course, a questionnaire was designed for the purpose of assessing the study’s hypotheses and was completed by participants prior to training, immediately after training and one month following completion. Staff training was shown to significantly improve knowledge overall and in all three areas measured. These knowledge gains were maintained one month following completion of the training course. Significant differences were also found in the number of response categories identified by participants before and after training, with a broader range of answers post-training. Training also significantly improved participants’ self rated levels of confidence about supporting an individual with a learning disability who has experienced bereavement. A one day training course significantly improved staff’s knowledge about bereavement and grief, bereavement and grief in individuals with a learning disability and supporting an individual with a learning disability at a time of bereavement. Training also significantly improved staff’s self rated levels of confidence about supporting an individual with a learning disability who has experienced bereavement.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psychol.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.663574  DOI: Not available
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