Intervention effects on professionals' attitudes towards the participation of adults with visual and severe or profound intellectual disabilities

Gineke Hanzen*, Aly Waninge, Ruth M.A. van Nispen, Carla Vlaskamp, Wendy J. Post, Annette A. J. van der Putten

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Abstract

Background: We investigated the effects of the “Care for Participation+” (CFP+) intervention on direct support professionals’ (DSPs’) attitudes regarding the participation of adults with visual and severe or profound intellectual disabilities (VSPID).
Methods: We implemented a pilot non-randomized controlled trial with two control groups to compare DSPs’ attitudes towards CFP+ using the Attitudes towards Participation Questionnaire (APQ) and DSPs’ written profiles of adults with VSPID.
Results: CPP+ and the Participation Mind Map control group showed a positive trend for the “leisure/recreation,” “social relations,” and “ability to act” APQ domains compared to the usual care control group. The CFP+ group described significantly fewer disabilities at 6 months, reflecting a more positive attitude than controls.
Conclusion: CFP+ had positive effects on DSPs’ attitudes towards the participation of adults with VSPID. The small sample size, ceiling effects, measurement instruments used, and implementation difficulties may have hampered understanding the full potential of CFP+.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-139
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume34
Issue number1
Early online date13-Aug-2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2021

Keywords

  • attitude
  • Care for Participation plus
  • intellectual disabilities
  • Participation
  • visual disability
  • MULTIPLE DISABILITIES
  • SUPPORT
  • IMPLEMENTATION
  • INCLUSION
  • EDUCATION
  • BEHAVIOR
  • CHILDREN
  • PEOPLE
  • STAFF
  • GOALS
  • Care for Participation+

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