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ERIC Number: EJ820719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
Training Staff in an Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Unit in Positive Approaches to Managing Aggressive and Harmful Behaviour: Does It Improve Confidence and Knowledge?
Killick, Steve; Allen, David
Child Care in Practice, v11 n3 p323-339 Jul 2005
This study examined the implementation of a model of managing aggressive and harmful behaviour in an adolescent in-patient psychiatric unit. This model, Positive Behaviour Management, replaced a previous model, Control and Restraint, which was considered unsuitable. Both models included the use of physical interventions, and the research into such techniques is considered. The aims of the study were to evaluate the effects of three training courses on staff confidence in managing aggressive behaviour, knowledge about good practice and staff satisfaction with the new model. A multiple baseline design was used to examine change before, during and after the training period, and at one-year follow-up. The study found that staff confidence increased significantly following training but had returned to baseline levels by the time of follow-up. Staff knowledge significantly increased during the study periods but did not appear to be directly linked to the training courses, and was maintained at one-year follow-up. Staff reported significantly higher levels of satisfaction with the new model than with the previous model, which were maintained at follow-up. The findings of the study and the difficulties encountered are discussed in relation to similar findings elsewhere. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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