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The development and utility of a program theory: lessons from an evaluation of a reputed exemplary residential support service for adults with intellectual disability and severe challenging behaviour in Victoria, Australia

Clement, Tim and Bigby, Christine 2011, The development and utility of a program theory: lessons from an evaluation of a reputed exemplary residential support service for adults with intellectual disability and severe challenging behaviour in Victoria, Australia, Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 554-565, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2011.00634.x.

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Title The development and utility of a program theory: lessons from an evaluation of a reputed exemplary residential support service for adults with intellectual disability and severe challenging behaviour in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Clement, Tim
Bigby, Christine
Journal name Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities
Volume number 24
Issue number 6
Start page 554
End page 565
Total pages 12
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2011-11
ISSN 1360-2322
1468-3148
Keyword(s) active listening
active support
challenging behaviour
choice and control
evaluation
planning
positive language
program theory
Summary Background: Adults with severe challenging behaviour can achieve good ‘quality of life’ outcomes in small supported accommodation services. Yet, the research indicates that they typically experience poorer outcomes than other adults with intellectual disability. This raises questions about the degree to which research has informed program design and implementation.

Methodology: Data from an evaluation of a residential support service outlines a program theory for supporting people with intellectual disabilities and severe challenging behaviour.

Results: One aspect of the program theory, the practice framework, which details how support staff should interact with service-users, is illustrated through documentary, observational and interview data.

Conclusions: Policy and practice should be informed by the knowledge we have about what works. Describing a program theory demonstrates the utility of developing a program theory for human service organizations and underscores the value of practitioners being familiar with the findings of relevant, good-quality research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2011.00634.x
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
1607 Social Work
Socio Economic Objective 920209 Mental Health Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Blackwell
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083218

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