Evaluation of an intervention system for parents of children with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour

Hudson, A, Matthews, J, Gavidia-Payne, S, Cameron, C, Mildon, R and Radler, G 2003, 'Evaluation of an intervention system for parents of children with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour', Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, vol. 47, no. 45, pp. 238-249.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Evaluation of an intervention system for parents of children with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour
Author(s) Hudson, A
Matthews, J
Gavidia-Payne, S
Cameron, C
Mildon, R
Radler, G
Year 2003
Journal name Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Volume number 47
Issue number 45
Start page 238
End page 249
Total pages 12
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Abstract Background Signposts is a flexible intervention system for families of children who have intellectual disability and challenging behaviour. The Signposts materials include eight information booklets, a workbook and videotape for parents, and a series of instructional manuals for therapists. The system was designed so that it can be delivered in several different ways, i.e. group support, telephone support and self-directed modes.Methods The present study was an evaluation of these three modes of delivery and involved 115 families.Results Following the use of the Signposts materials in parent training programmes, the subjects reported that they were less stressed, felt more efficacious about managing their children's behaviour, were less hassled about meeting their own needs and that their children's behaviour had improved. Additionally, families generally reported high levels of satisfaction with the content and delivery of the materials.Conclusions Finally, there were minimal differences among the three modes of delivery on the measures used, although families who used the self-directed mode were less likely to complete the materials. Implications of these results for service delivery are discussed.
Subject Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Keyword(s) challenging behaviour
evaluation
intellectual disability
parents
DOI - identifier 10.1046/j.1365-2788.2003.00486.x
ISSN 0964-2633
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