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ERIC Number: EJ799140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
The Wide-Scale Implementation of a Support Program for Parents of Children with an Intellectual Disability and Difficult Behaviour
Hudson, Alan; Cameron, Christine; Matthews, Jan
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v33 n2 p117-126 Jun 2008
Background: While there have been several evaluations of programs to help parents manage difficult behaviour of their child with an intellectual disability, little research has focused on the evaluation of such programs when delivered to large populations. Method: The benchmarks recommended by Wiese, Stancliffe, and Hemsley (2005) were used to evaluate the wide-scale implementation of the "Signposts for Building Better Behaviour" program (Hudson et al., 2001). Results: A total of 2,119 parents and carers participated in the program over an 18-month period. Following the program, participants reported that they were less depressed, less anxious, and less stressed, were more confident and satisfied with managing their child, and were less hassled by their child's behaviour. They also reported that their child exhibited fewer difficult behaviours. Effect sizes ranged from small to large, depending on mode of delivery of the program. Average cost of delivery was $1,304 per participant. Conclusion: When implemented on a wide-scale basis, the Signposts program was effective in assisting families to manage their child's difficult behaviour. Limitations of the study are discussed. (Contains 5 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Developmental Behavior Checklist