Staff behaviour and challenging behaviour: a reply to Clegg's commentary

Hastings, R.P. and Remington, B. (1994) Staff behaviour and challenging behaviour: a reply to Clegg's commentary. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 33, (4), 445-450.


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In her commentary on our integration of the literature on challenging behaviours and care staff behaviour (Hastings & Remington, 1994b), Clegg (1994) discussed three main issues. Firstly, she argued that a behaviour analytic approach to challenging behaviours is «deeply impoverished». Secondly, she claimed that our analysis laid the blame for challenging behaviours on the shoulders of care staff, Finally, she presented our philosophical position as objectivist. In this paper, we reply to these comments by summarizing the richness and considerable potential of an approach to challenging behaviours based on behaviour analytic theory. This summary serves to clarify the fact that we consider care staff behaviour, including actions that may contribute to the development and maintenance of challenging behaviours, to be under the control of environmental contingencies and verbal rules that are part of the service environment

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0144-6657 (print)
Keywords: learning disability, behavioral disorder, hospital environment, health staff patient relation, health staff, hospital staff, professional practice, social interaction, social behavior, critical study, adult, human
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 58169
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Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:40

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