The impact of training on cognitive representation of challenging behaviour in staff working with adults with intellectual disabilities

Martin Campbell, James Herbert Hogg

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Abstract

Background: Cognitive representations of challenging behaviour among staff may influence therapeutic outcomes. This study looked at how cognitive dimensions of Identity, Cause, Consequences, Emotional Reaction and Treatment/Control are affected by training.
Materials and Methods: A theoretically derived questionnaire was used to measure the impact of an accredited training course. There were two experimental designs: a longitudinal design using participants as their own controls for repeated measures, and a comparative subjects design. All participants were staff working in statutory and voluntary care services.
Results: The experimental group outperformed the two control groups by more than would be expected, on the basis of pre-testing, on two of the five dimension measures, Cause and Treatment/Control.
Conclusions: It is important to evaluate outcomes of staff training that seeks to improve staff interactions in line with evidence-based practice. Changes in staff cognitive representation of challenging behaviour, as a result of training may be multi-dimensional.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-574
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume21
Issue number6
Early online date9 Jun 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008

Keywords

  • challenging behaviour
  • cognitive representation
  • staff training
  • ILLNESS PERCEPTION QUESTIONNAIRE
  • CARE STAFF
  • LEARNING-DISABILITIES
  • EMOTIONAL-REACTIONS
  • COMMON-SENSE
  • GROUP HOMES
  • PEOPLE
  • MANAGEMENT
  • BELIEFS
  • EXPLANATIONS

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