Master of Arts (MA)
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Recent research regarding persons with developmental disabilities has focused on the effects of choice availability on adaptive and maladaptive behavior. Because degree of choice within one's living environment is considered a key element of quality of life, it seems important to evaluate this variable and its relationship to adaptive and maladaptive behavior. In this preliminary study, direct-care staff members in a group-home setting were taught to increase choice opportunities in the areas of eating, leisure, and personal hygiene for residents with mild, moderate, or severe mental retardation. This investigation also examined the effects of increased choice availability on residents' adaptive and maladaptive behaviors. Increased staff training on choice availability was expected to result in improved choice and changes in levels of adaptive and maladaptive behavior for such residents. Results indicated that direct-care staff members who received training to increase choice reported increased choice opportunities for their residents. Increased choice, however, did not lead to improved levels of adaptive and maladaptive behavior for treatment group residents.
Adaptive; Availability; Behaviors; Behaviorpersons; Choice; Developmental; Disabilities; Effects; Group; Home; Maladaptive; Persons; Setting; Staff; Training
Clinical psychology; Social service; Behaviorism (Psychology)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Mc Knight, Tami Jo, "Staff training on choice availability and its effects on adaptive and maladaptive behavior in persons with developmental disabilities in the group home setting" (1997). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3338.