Date Approved

4-20-1998

Embargo Period

8-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Learning Disabilities

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Urban, Stanley

Subject(s)

People with mental disabilities--Behavior modification; Prader-Willi syndrome

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the frequency of behavior incidents of adults in a group home setting who have been diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), to determine if the behaviors are more frequently related to food issues or socialization problems with peers and/or staff. It was hypothesized that documented behavior incidents were more frequently due to socialization problems.

The sample for this study consisted of eight adults medically diagnosed with PWS in a group home setting. All participants' Behavior Incident Forms (BIR's) were looked at throughout a two year period from January 1, 1996 to December 31, 1997. The BIR's were analyzed by grouping the reports into four categories (socialization w/peers, socialization w/staff, food related and other). The results indicated that behavior incidents were due primarily to socialization issues concerning staff and/or peers. This finding strongly suggests a need for thorough staff training in relation to behavioral problems exhibited by PWS adults.

Share

COinS