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Positive behavioural support in schools for children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities whose behaviour challenges: an exploration of the economic case

Iemmi, Valentina and Knapp, Martin and Brown, Freddy Jackson (2016) Positive behavioural support in schools for children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities whose behaviour challenges: an exploration of the economic case. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 20 (3). pp. 281-295. ISSN 1744-6295

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1744629516632402

Abstract

Decision-makers with limited budgets want to know the economic consequences of their decisions. Is there an economic case for positive behavioural support (PBS)? A small before–after study assessing the impact of PBS on challenging behaviours and positive social and communication skills in children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities and behaviours that challenge was followed by an evaluation of costs. Results were compared with the costs of alternative packages of care currently available in England obtained from a Delphi exercise conducted alongside the study. Children and adolescents supported with PBS showed improvement in challenging behaviours and social and communication skills, at a total weekly cost of GBP 1909 (and GBP 1951 including carer-related costs). PBS in schools for children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities and behaviours that challenge may help to support them in the community with potential improvements in outcomes and also cost advantages.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://jid.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Sets: Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2016 14:59
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 16:38
Funders: National Institute for Health Research
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/65649

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