Implementing Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support in High School Settings: Analysis of Eight High Schools

K. Brigid Flannery, Jennifer L. Frank, Mimi McGrath Kato, Bonnie Doren, Pamela Fenning

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Abstract

Schoolwide positive behavior support (SWPBS) is a systems-level intervention designed to prevent the occurrence of problem behavior and increase social competence. A growing body of research documents that SWPBS reduces problem behavior and improves academics (e.g., McIntosh, Chard, Boland, Horner, 2006), yet documentation of the feasibility of implementing SWPBS in high school settings is lacking. The current study examines implementation of universal SWPBS components in eight high schools serving over 15,525 students across a three-year period. Our findings were that improvements in implementation were evident between baseline and the end of year one, yet the implementation of SWPBS practices took a minimum of two years to achieve statistically significant and meaningful changes. These results suggest that unique aspects of the high school context may present specific implementation challenges. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-282
Number of pages16
JournalThe High School Journal
Volume96
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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