Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Degree Granting Department
Child and Family Studies
Kimberly Crosland, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Donald Kincaid, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Norin Dollard, Ph.D.
Alison Salloum, Ph.D.
Child Welfare, PBIS, Residential Treatment
Residential care has evolved overtime from a system of supporting indigent children to care for those youth with mental health, behavioral, or medical disability diagnoses. Currently, in the United States there are 57k children involved in the child welfare system with approximately 14% residing in residential care. These systems have a long history of utilizing punishment-based, coercive techniques for managing problem behavior. Although these methods are thought to be further traumatizing for youth who have already been traumatized throughout their lives, the punishment-based techniques are ubiquitous throughout residential care. This study sought to evaluate the feasibility of adopting the School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) model to residential care for youth involved with the Florida child welfare system. During this study, two cottages at the facility met high PBIS fidelity and experienced a decrease in reported inappropriate behavior across daily behavior scores and incident reports. The results are promising and suggest PBIS can be adopted and implemented within residential facilities. Limitations and future research is discussed.
Scholar Commons Citation
Haynes, Rocky Dean Jr., "Agency-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports for Residential Care" (2017). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.