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Title: Professional carer experiences of implementing Positive Behaviour Support for adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Author: Matcham, Jessica
ISNI:       0000 0004 8500 8158
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2019
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Research suggests that individuals with ID are at a higher risk of displaying challenging behaviour compared to the general population, and as a result experience detrimental consequences to their quality of life and wellbeing. Challenging behaviour is seen as a barrier to inclusion, interferes with social relationships, limits opportunities for independence and increases risk of abuse and physical or chemical restraint. Therefore, reduction of challenging behaviour is seen as a priority for individuals with ID and challenging behaviour. Consequentially, professional guidelines and policy have drawn on the principles of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and recommended it as a framework for supporting individuals with challenging behaviour. PBS is an evidenced based, person centred framework that aims to improve the quality of a person's life by promoting inclusion, choice, participation and opportunity. PBS has been shown to be an effective approach for supporting individuals with challenging behaviour, by reducing the need for restrictive practices and increasing positive behaviours. It combines behavioural intervention with person centred values, whilst emphasising inclusion, participation, respect, positive interactions and skill development. It comprises a comprehensive functional assessment of the behaviour and an individualised behaviour support plan, which includes ecological strategies, skill development, focused support and reactive strategies. The purpose of this thesis was to conduct a systematic review of the evidence base for Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) when implemented with adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) in social care settings. Following this, the empirical project aimed to explore the processes experienced by care staff when implementing PBS with this same population. Following this executive summary, the thesis is divided into three sections; systematic review, empirical project and an integration, impact and dissemination section.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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