Special educators'understanding of challenging behaviours in children with learning disabilities : Sensitivity to information about behavioural function.
Social psychological models of reasoned action, and behavioural models of verbal behaviour, predict that caregiver beliefs and attributions partially determine their responses to challenging behaviours.
The present study examined the relationship between special educators'causal attributions and the underlying function of challenging behaviours in children with learning disabilities.
Sixty special school staff were presented with two questionnaire vignettes describing attention seeking and task avoidance behaviour.
They were then asked to identify the likely causes of the behaviours.
Only a small proportion of participants made accurate causal attributions about the two examples of challenging behaviour.
In addition, staff experience had little effect on the accuracy of attributions.
Implications for future research, for staff training, and analysis of challenging behaviours are discussed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Educateur spécialisé, Attribution, Causalité, Attitude, Pédagogie spéciale, Traitement, Arriération mentale, Milieu scolaire, Environnement social, Personnel sanitaire, Trouble comportement, Homme, Déficience intellectuelle, Trouble développement
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Specialized educator, Attribution, Causality, Attitude, Special education, Treatment, Mental retardation, School environment, Social environment, Health staff, Behavioral disorder, Human, Intellectual deficiency, Developmental disorder
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0166797
Code Inist : 002B18H04. Création : 21/07/1998.