Assessing staff competence at implementing a multifaceted residential program for youth: Development and initial psychometrics of a staff observation form

Kristin Duppong Hurley, Tanya Shaw, Ron Thompson, Annette Griffith, Elizabeth M. Farmer, Jeff Tierney

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Abstract

This study describes the development of the Staff Implementation Observation Form, an instrument to assess staff competence delivering an intervention to youth in group home care with behavioral or emotional disorders. This instrument assesses staff skill at implementing the key treatment components, including building relationships with youth, teaching skills to youth, implementing a token economy, and establishing a youth self-government system. The pilot study, observing 92 staff members, found that the instrument possesses promising psychometric qualities, including adequate inter-rater agreement, internal scale consistency, and predictive validity. A cluster analysis identified groups of staff that had low, average, and high implementation. The instrument allows administrators to examine item-level implementation of residential staff to identify specific training needs within each subscale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-104
Number of pages22
JournalResidential Treatment for Children and Youth
Volume23
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 12 2008

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Fidelity
  • Measurement
  • Observation
  • Psychometrics
  • Residential care
  • Treatment implementation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Law

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