Challenging behaviour assessment in individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder

Waters, Paul (2016). Challenging behaviour assessment in individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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The systematic review examines the association between gastrointestinal disease and behavioural change in individuals with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. A systematic search of literature databases identified fourteen relevant research articles. Several behaviour classes associated with gastrointestinal disorder were identified, including challenging behaviour, sleep problems, and anxiety and mood related behaviours. Multiple forms of gastrointestinal disorder were also identified as did the quality of its assessment. There was varying degrees of evidence for an association between certain behaviours and gastrointestinal disorders due to assessment methods and behavioural definitions.

The empirical paper reports the development of a challenging behaviour report form. A functional assessment tool and protocol was developed to take into account various factors when assessing challenging behaviour such as pain related behaviours, affect, and precursor behaviours. The assessment was trialled on footage of experimental functional analysis of non-verbal children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The development of the assessment and inter-observer agreement is reported as well as future directions in the development of the assessment. Volume I also contains a public domain briefing paper, which provides an overview of the systematic review and empirical study.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology


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