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Effects of individual components of school-wide positive behaviour support on rates of problem behaviour Turri, Mary Gwendolyn


The purpose of this study was to examine the outcomes of the implementation of the individual components of School-wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) on rates of office discipline referrals. Data from 415 schools at varying years of implementation were drawn from a database of U.S. schools implementing SWPBS and using the School-wide Information System (SWIS; May et al., 2008) to enter and manage office discipline referrals. The implementation levels of each component of SWPBS were analyzed in relation to their effect on school-level rates of office discipline referrals, using multilevel modeling. In contrast to previous research, analyses did not indicate statistically significant associations among office discipline referrals and any of the measured SWPBS components. Possible reasons for results include a restricted range of implementation in the sample and lack of controlling for number of years implementing, as possible decreases in previous years were not captured in these analyses. Results are discussed in terms of implications for future research.

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