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A Descriptive, Multiyear Examination of Positive Behavior Support
Behavioral Disorders
  • Glen Dunlap, University of South Florida
  • Edward G. Carr, State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • Robert H. Homer, University of Oregon
  • Robert L. Koegel, University of California - Santa Barbara
  • Wayne Sailor, University of Kansas
  • Shelley Clarke, University of South Florida
  • Lynn Kern Koegel, University of California - Santa Barbara
  • Richard W. Albin, University of Oregon
  • Bobbie J. Vaughn, University of South Florida
  • Darlene Magito McLaughlin, Positive Behavior Support Consulting
  • Kim Mullen, James Developmental Disabilities Institute
  • Anne W. Todd, University of Oregon
  • J. Stephen Newton, University of Oregon
  • Joseph Lucyshyn, University of British Columbia
  • Peter Griggs, University of Kansas
  • Hank Bohanon, Loyola University Chicago
  • Jeong Hoon Choi, University of Kansas
  • Laurie Vismara, University of California - Davis
  • Pamelazita Buschbacher, University of South Florida
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A major goal of positive behavior support (PBS) is to produce broad-based, long-term improvements in adaptive behavior; however, the empirical base, at present, is mainly composed of relatively short-term studies carried out in circumscribed contexts. Therefore, a need exists for reliable data that can inform the field regarding the comprehensive lifestyle effects of PBS implementation in natural community contexts over extended periods of time. The current investigation was conducted to provide a descriptive analysis of PBS with diverse participants and broad measurement strategies over multiple years. Using extensive data portfolios for 21 participants, we employed rating scales to quantify changes in key variables from baseline through 2 years of intervention. The data revealed variable levels of intervention integrity, generalized reductions in problem behavior with occasional relapses, and encouraging enhancements across six domains of quality of life. This study represents an initial attempt to understand the processes and outcomes of behavioral support by documenting behavioral patterns across full days, entire years, and all environments. We discuss the need to consider new conceptual and methodological frameworks for further study of efficacious and sustainable behavior support.

Author Posting © Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, 2010. This article is posted here by permission of Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in Behavioral Disorders, Volume 35, Issue 4, August 2010, Pages 259-279.

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Dunlap, Glen, Edward G. Carr, and et. al. (2010). "A Descriptive, Multiyear Examination of Positive Behavior Support." Behavioral Disorders, 35(4): 259-279.