ERIC Number: EJ835567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
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Impact of a 3-Day Training Course on Challenging Behaviour on Staff Cognitive and Emotional Responses
Tierney, Edel; Quinlan, Dave; Hastings, Richard P.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v20 n1 p58-63 Jan 2007
Background: A range of factors have been suggested as determinants of staff behaviour in the context of working with people with challenging behaviour. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether a typical challenging behaviour staff training course had an effect on staff feelings of efficacy, their negative emotional reactions to challenging behaviour, and their causal beliefs. Methods: Forty-eight staff attending a 3-day training course on understanding challenging behaviour and managing stress were assessed pre-training and at a 3-month follow-up. Questionnaires assessing self-efficacy, emotional reactions and causal beliefs were used. Results: Perceived self-efficacy in dealing with challenging behaviours increased significantly from pre- to post-training. There were no significant changes in either emotional reactions to challenging behaviours or causal beliefs. Conclusion: In common with previous research, there was a sizeable impact on staff confidence and efficacy after a 3-day training course. Given the potential significance of emotional reactions both in terms of staff behaviour and their psychological well-being at work, more research is needed to explore how these reactions might best be dealt with in staff training interventions.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Behavior, Training, Anxiety, Intervention, Questionnaires, Pretests Posttests, Scientific Research, Staff Development, Behavior Modification, Emotional Response, Instructional Effectiveness
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