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05-04-2019 | Original Paper | Uitgave 6/2019 Open Access

Journal of Child and Family Studies 6/2019

Making it Meaningful: Caregiver Goal Selection in Positive Behavioral Support

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Journal of Child and Family Studies > Uitgave 6/2019
Auteurs:
Nick James Gore, Peter McGill, Richard Patrick Hastings
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Abstract

Objectives

Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) is considered the treatment framework of choice for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) at risk of behavior that challenges. PBS demands stakeholder engagement, yet little research has explored goal formation in this context for caregivers of children with IDD.

Methods

We used Talking Mats and semi-structured interviews to support 12 caregivers of children with IDD who displayed behaviours that challenge, to develop goals for PBS. Interviews covered quality of life for caregivers and their child, adaptive and challenging aspects of child behavior, and aspects of caregiver’s own behavior.

Results

Caregivers were able to form individualised and meaningful goals in relation to all domains, demonstrating rich insight into personal needs and needs of their child. The process of forming goals was psychologically and emotionally complex given prior experiences and needs of participants but effectively supported by the interview method.

Conclusions

We conclude that goal formation in PBS requires careful consideration and structuring but has the potential to support effective working relationships and ensure assessment and intervention is aligned with the needs and aspirations of families.

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