Australian implementation and evaluation of active support

Stancliffe, Roger J., Harmon, Anthony D., Toogood, Sandy and McVilly, Keith 2007, Australian implementation and evaluation of active support, Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 211-227, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2006.00319.x.

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Title Australian implementation and evaluation of active support
Author(s) Stancliffe, Roger J.
Harmon, Anthony D.
Toogood, Sandy
McVilly, Keith
Journal name Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities
Volume number 20
Issue number 3
Start page 211
End page 227
Publisher BILD Publications
Place of publication Clevedon, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1360-2322
Keyword(s) active support
community living
group home
intellectual disabilities
staff training
Summary Background The implementation and evaluation of Active Support in Australia is reported, the first such formal evaluation outside the UK.

Method Residents and staff of five group homes participated. Active Support was introduced by training staff in one home at a time. Effectiveness was assessed using direct observation of resident engagement in activity and of staff help, as well as written assessments of resident outcomes.

Results Staff help and resident engagement increased in four of five group homes. There was significantly greater participation in a wider variety of domestic activities, as well as more frequent and varied community participation. Change in resident engagement was positively related to change in staff help, but not related to residents' level of adaptive behaviour.

Conclusions Most of our findings were consistent with earlier UK studies. There was evidence of the successful transfer of Active Support training skills to an Australian training team. Nonsignificant trends towards reduced depression and increased adaptive behaviour warrant further investigation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2006.00319.x
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
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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