Laura Howard

Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Study Completed: 2010
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Meeting the emotional needs of children with challenging behaviour and developmental disabilities

Read article at Massey Research Online: MRO icon

Mrs Howard explored the use of the four component model (a behavioural and emotional intervention) to reduce challenging and enhance positive behaviours in children with developmental disabilities. Four treatment case studies involving young people aged between 5 and 15 and their families were conducted over the period of a year. Although the results were mixed, they confirmed the importance of combining both behavioural and emotional components in treatment, with clinical benefits identified through multiple sources of data for each child. These results are promising for expanding the application of positive behavioural interventions; however, further research is required to confirm the precise role of emotional development when addressing challenging behaviour in young people with severe disabilities. 

Professor Ian Evans
Associate Professor Joanne Taylor
Dr Shane Harvey

Contact us Mon - Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm 0800 MASSEY (+64 6 350 5701) TXT 5222 Web chat Staff Alumni News Māori @ Massey