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Title: Challenging behaviour profiles of people with acquired brain injury living in community settings.
Epworth Authors: Kelly, Glenn
Brown, Suzanne
Todd, Jenny
Other Authors: Kremer, Peter
Keywords: Traumatic Brain Injury
Acquired Brain Injury
Challenging Behaviours
Behaviour Profiles
Alcohol-Related Brain Injury
Social Behavior Disorders
Behavioural Disturbance
Overt Behaviour Scale
Accidents, Traffic
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Social Environment
Wounds, Gunshot
ABI Behaviour Consultancy, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Neurosciences Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jun-2008
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Brain Inj. 2008 Jun;22(6):457-70
Abstract: PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To determine the type and severity of challenging behaviours among a cohort of brain-injured persons referred to a community-based behaviour management service; and to determine whether different behaviour profiles were associated with aetiology of brain injury. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: A sample of clients (n = 190) referred to the ABI Behaviour Consultancy for assessment and treatment of challenging behaviours was evaluated using the Overt Behaviour Scale (OBS) and other measures of disability and support needs. MAIN OUTCOMES AND RESULTS: The most common challenging behaviour categories were, in order of frequency: verbal aggression, inappropriate social behaviours and lack of initiation. Clients typically exhibited four categories of challenging behaviour and multiple kinds of the behaviours represented by each category. There was some evidence of differences in occurrence of specific behaviours associated with aetiology of brain injury, particularly for hypoxia and alcohol-related brain injury. CONCLUSIONS: A systematic assessment of challenging behaviours in community settings has revealed the profiles of broad behavioural disturbance that can occur following ABI. Assessing the breadth of disturbance is important in understanding a client's presentation and thus planning appropriate behaviour management interventions.
DOI: 10.1080/02699050802060647
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ISSN: 0269-9052
Journal Title: Brain Injury
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: School of Psychology, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Cohort Study
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