Staff behaviour and resident engagement before and after active support training

Stancliffe, Roger J., Harman, Anthony D., Toogood, Sandy and McVilly, Keith 2008, Staff behaviour and resident engagement before and after active support training, Journal of intellectual and developmental disability, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 257-270, doi: 10.1080/13668250802318284.

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Title Staff behaviour and resident engagement before and after active support training
Author(s) Stancliffe, Roger J.
Harman, Anthony D.
Toogood, Sandy
McVilly, Keith
Journal name Journal of intellectual and developmental disability
Volume number 33
Issue number 3
Start page 257
End page 270
Total pages 14
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 1366-8250
Keyword(s) active support
community living
group home
intellectual disability
Summary Background Identifying the factors associated with greater increases in resident engagement has the potential to enhance the effectiveness of active support (AS).

Method Observational data from Stancliffe, Harman, Toogood, and McVilly's (2007) study of AS were analysed to evaluate amount of staff help, effectiveness of staff help, and staff use of praise.

Results Lag analyses showed that antecedent staff help was consistently followed by resident engagement at pre-test. This strong association did not increase significantly at post-test. Resident engagement was more likely to follow staff help than the other way around. There was an increase from pre-test to post-test in help and praise by staff. The higher absolute amount of praise was largely the result of the increase in staff help.

Conclusions The amount of staff help, its effectiveness, and use of praise by staff may each be important in increasing engagement. These factors should continue to be the focus of research attention and applied efforts to help ensure active support is consistently effective.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13668250802318284
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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