Journal Article

An Experiment in Helping Foster-Carers Manage Challenging Behaviour

Geraldine Macdonald and William Turner

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 35, issue 8, pages 1265-1282
Published in print December 2005 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
An Experiment in Helping Foster-Carers Manage Challenging Behaviour

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A randomized controlled trial was implemented with groups of foster-carers to test the effectiveness of cognitive–behavioural methods in the management of difficult behaviour. Contrary to expectations, no statistically significant differences were found between the groups with regard to behaviour management skills, the frequency and/or severity of behavioural problems, and placement stability. In contrast, foster-carers expressed satisfaction with the overall training programme and increased confidence in dealing with difficult behaviour. Discussion of the results focuses on a number of competing explanations for such findings and concludes with recommendations for future work.

Keywords: randomized controlled trial; fostering; challenging behaviour

Journal Article.  7630 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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