Competency-Based Training and Worker Turnover in Community Supports for People With IDD: Results From a Group Randomized Controlled Study

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Author(s)
Matthew Bogenschutz, Derek K Nord PhD, Amy S Hewitt

Description

Turnover among direct support professionals (DSPs) in community support settings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) has been regarded as a challenge since tracking of this workforce began in the 1980s. This study utilized a group randomized controlled design to test the effects of a competency-based training intervention for DSPs on site-level turnover rates over a one year period. Results suggested that, compared with the control group, sites receiving the training intervention experienced a significant decrease in annual turnover, when multiple factors were controlled. Implications, including the importance of considering quality training as a long term organizational investment and intervention to reduce turnover, are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Bogenschutz, M., Nord, D., & Hewitt, A. (2015). Competency-Based Training and Worker Turnover in Community Supports for People With IDD: Results From a Group Randomized Controlled Study. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 53(3), 182–195. https://doi.org/10.1352/1934-9556-53.3.182

Details

Date
2015 
Type
Peer-Reviewed Article 
Publisher
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities