The content validity of the behaviour support plan quality evaluation tool (BSP-QEII) and its potential application in accommodation and day-support services for adults with intellectual disability

McVilly, K., Webber, L., Sharp, G. and Paris, M. 2013, The content validity of the behaviour support plan quality evaluation tool (BSP-QEII) and its potential application in accommodation and day-support services for adults with intellectual disability, Journal of intellectual disability research, vol. 57, no. 8, pp. 703-715.

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Title The content validity of the behaviour support plan quality evaluation tool (BSP-QEII) and its potential application in accommodation and day-support services for adults with intellectual disability
Author(s) McVilly, K.
Webber, L.
Sharp, G.
Paris, M.
Journal name Journal of intellectual disability research
Volume number 57
Issue number 8
Start page 703
End page 715
Total pages 13
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2013-08
ISSN 0964-2633
1365-2788
Keyword(s) assessment
validity
challenging behaviour
behaviour support plan
Summary Background The quality of support provided to people with disability who show challenging behaviour could be influenced by the quality of the behaviour support plans (BSPs) on which staff rely for direction. This study investigated the content validity of the Behaviour Support Plan Quality Evaluation tool (BSP-QEII), originally developed to guide the development of BSPs for children in school settings, and evaluated its application for use in accommodation and day-support services for adults with intellectual disability.

Method A three-round Delphi study involving a purposive sample of experienced behaviour support practitioners (n = 30) was conducted over an 8-week period. The analyses included deductive content analysis and descriptive statistics.

Results The 12 quality domains of the BSP-QEII were affirmed as valid for application in adult accommodation and day-support service settings. Two additional quality domains were suggested, relating to the provision of detailed background on the client and the need for plans to reflect contemporary service philosophy. Furthermore, the results suggest that some issues previously identified in the literature as being important for inclusion in BSPs might not currently be a priority for practitioners. These included: the importance of specifying replacement or alternative behaviours to be taught, descriptions of teaching strategies to be used, reinforcers, and the specification of objective goals against which to evaluate the success of the intervention programme.

Conclusions The BSP-QEII provides a potentially useful framework to guide and evaluate the development of BSPs in services for adults with intellectual disability. Further research is warranted to investigate why practitioners are potentially giving greater attention to some areas of intervention practice than others, even where research has demonstrated these others areas of practice could be important to achieving quality outcomes.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047267

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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