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Title: Functional assessment and receptive communication assessment in adults with intellectual disabilities
Author: Howells, Victoria
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis consists of a literature review and research report focussing on functional assessment and receptive communication assessment within an Applied Behaviour Analysis approach in an adult intellectual disability (ID) context. The literature review, informed by systematic review procedures, examines and critically evaluates the literature on the psychometric properties of the three prominent functional assessment instruments, the Motivation Assessment Scale, the Questions About Behaviour Function scale, and the Functional Analysis Checklist. These instruments, commonly utilised to identify the function(s) of challenging behaviour within functional assessment are compared, and factors impacting upon their reliability and validity examined. Recommendations for the application of these instruments within clinical and research settings are presented. The quantitative pilot study utilises a cross- sectional design to explore whether a standardised receptive communication assessment, the Test for the Reception Of Grammar version two, can be utilised as a reliable measure for comparing service users’ receptive communication competence with care staff perceptions. To examine whether care staff can accurately estimate the receptive communication competence of adult service users with intellectual disabilities (ID), and whether there is a relationship between accuracy, and service user and care staff characteristics. Finally it aims to investigate a possible relationship between overestimation by care staff of service users’ receptive communication competence and challenging behaviour. The results are considered with reference to existing research, and the implications for research and clinical practice outlined. The study limitations are explored and avenues for future research highlighted.
Supervisor: Beail, Nigel Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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