Role of carers’ assessments in behaviour analysis
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Role of carers’ assessments in behaviour analysis

Anthony McGrath Community learning disability nurse, Learning disability service, Burnley, Lancashire

Anthony McGrath explains how observations of clients’ challenging behaviours can influence the development of interventions to prevent them

Research has shown positive behaviour support to be effective in minimising challenging behaviours and replacing them with socially valid alternatives. The success of interventions depends largely on identifying the function of each person’s behaviour. A thorough functional assessment will rely, at least in part, on information given by carers. This article reviews contemporary literature to explore carers’ influence on this process.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 8, 24-26. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 11 March 2013

Accepted: 25 April 2013