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Title: Developing an understanding of family engagement in positive behaviour support
Author: Botterill, Sinead
ISNI:       0000 0004 8500 435X
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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People with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are at an increased risk of displaying challenging behaviour. Challenging behaviour is a term used frequently in the literature to refer to behaviours which put the person's or other's safety or quality of life at risk and lead to responses that are aversive or restrictive. The definition recognises that it is the responses to the behaviour which determine whether it is challenging or not, rather than the behaviour itself, which serves a purpose for the person and arises from a mismatch between their needs and their environment. Challenging behaviour has a significant impact on not only the person but also those who support them. PBS is currently considered to be best practice for managing challenging behaviour in people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Rather than being a single intervention, PBS is a multicomponent framework that uses in-depth functional assessment to develop an understanding of why the behaviour occurs. This then forms the basis for the development and implementation of a comprehensive set of interventions that fit with the values of the client and their support network. One of the key principles of PBS is that all people in the person's support system are involved. For young people living at home, their family members play a key role in assessment and intervention due to their in-depth knowledge of the person and their ability to impact on behaviours. The purpose of this thesis was to conduct a systematic review of the literature related to Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) delivered in family settings as well as to conduct an empirical study into the factors that family members find helpful and hindering in terms of their participation in PBS. The thesis is divided into three major chapters; 1) the systematic review, 2) the empirical article, and 3) an integration, impact and dissemination section which aimed to synthesise the findings of the two studies, provide critical reflection on how the studies were conducted and consider potential impacts and means of disseminating the results.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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