Addressing Challenging Behavior in People With Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities: Analyzing the Effects of Daily Practice

Petra Poppes, Annette A. J. Van der Putten, Carla Vlaskamp

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As some people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) are at a high risk of developing a challenging behavior, it is useful to look at measures taken to prevent or diminish this type of behavior. The authors undertook a study of how self‐injurious, stereotypical, destructive, or aggressive behaviors are addressed in daily practice in residential facilities. A stratified sample of 30 people with the most severe and frequently reported challenging behaviors was selected from a dataset of 181 children and adults with PIMD. Individual comprehensive service plans were used to determine whether challenging behaviors were present and how these problems were addressed. In total, only 51.8% of the challenging behaviors that occurred were described in the individual plans, and for 53.7% of the challenging behaviors, strategies or interventions were included in the individual service plans. Only 17.2% of the cases contained goals formulated to prevent or diminish such behavior. A significant positive relationship was found between the severity of challenging behavior and the extent to which it was described in the individual comprehensive service plans. The authors also noted that interventions that were aimed at diminishing or preventing challenging behavior were highly simplistic, and virtually no goals were formulated to document, diminish, or prevent challenging behavior in people with PIMD.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)128-136
Aantal pagina's9
TijdschriftJournal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - jun-2014

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