Issues of personal dignity and social validity in school-wide systems of positive behavior support

 

This article provides an analysis of issues related to personal dignity and social validity in schools. Specifically, dignity is defined in terms of individual success and independence, while social validity is defined in terms of the system as a whole. These definitions are explored in the context of schoolwide systems of positive behavior support (PBS). Descriptions of schoolwide systems of PBS are used to analyze and detail procedures that maintain respect for personal dignity and social validity. In addition, processes for engaging persons in this discussion are critically analyzed. Future development and growth of PBS as a technology-based approach to developing self-determined, independent, and successful persons is discussed. Direction is suggested in the way we consider issues, define our values, and engage others in systemic change efforts.

Link

Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions

Author

  • Terrance M. Scott

Prevention Level

  • Primary

Audiences

  • Administrators
  • PBS Coaches
  • PBS Teams

System Impact

  • Whole School

Categories

  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School
  • Systems