Journal article

Analysing text in positive behavioural support (PBS) policy: A pilot study

BA Hayward, S Poed, L McKay-Brown

International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support | The British Institute of Learning Disabilities | Published : 2017


Background: Little research has been conducted regarding policies for positive behavioural support (PBS) despite its wide acceptance as a valid approach to practice and service provision in disability services. Method and materials: Using the model of policy as text and policy as discourse, and the methods of literary analysis and the concept of condensation symbols, a state government PBS policy document is analysed from the perspective of the policy reader. Results: The policy has limited scope for reader engagement, has an unclear focus, and makes inferences about PBS. Further, PBS is found to be used as a buzzword in the policy. Discussion: Without acknowledging the rhetorical use of PBS..

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