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02-08-2017 | Review | Uitgave 10/2017

Journal of Child and Family Studies 10/2017

Employing the Principles of Positive Behavior Support to Enhance Family Education and Intervention

Journal of Child and Family Studies > Uitgave 10/2017
Meme Hieneman, Sarah A. Fefer


Positive behavior support (PBS) is an evidence-based approach for supporting adaptive behavior and addressing behavioral challenges. It is critical that families have access to effective evidence-based behavior support practices for both intervention and prevention because they lead to better outcomes for families, and counter-productive family management practices have been shown to further escalate children’s behavioral challenges. PBS has been demonstrated to be effective with individual children with serious behavior challenges in family homes and features of PBS are evident in common family-based intervention approaches. Unfortunately, complete application of PBS in family contexts has not been fully explored or conceptualized. The purpose of this paper is to define the core features of PBS including lifestyle enhancement, assessment-based intervention, and comprehensive support plans (i.e., including strategies for prevention, teaching, and management). Examples of how the features of PBS are currently being employed within the field of PBS and within other evidence-based parent education and support programs are provided. Suggestions for how collaboration, assessment, data-based decision making, comprehensive intervention, and tiered approaches to service delivery may be used to enhance behavioral support for families are offered. Lastly, future directions for research and practice are recommended.

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