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Australian implementation and evaluation of active support

Stancliffe, R. J., Harman, A. D., Toogood, S., McVilly, K. R.,

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In this paper, the implementation and evaluation of Active Support in Australia is reported. Residents and staff of five group homes participated in this study. Staff help and resident engagement increased in four of five group homes. There was significantly greater participation in a wider variety of domestic activities, as well as more frequent and varied community participation. Change in resident engagement was positively related to change in staff help, but not related to residents’ level of adaptive behaviour. Most of our findings were consistent with earlier UK studies. There was evidence of the successful transfer of Active Support training skills to an Australian training team. Non-significant trends towards reduced depression and increased adaptive behaviour warrant further investigation.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Housing and the built environment, Health and wellbeing

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