This research was supported in part by a grant from the UBC Hampton Endowment Fund. The authors thank the reviewers for their thoughtful comments.
Principles of sustainable prevention: Designing scale-up of School-wide Positive Behavior Support to promote durable systems†
Article first published online: 17 NOV 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Psychology in the Schools
Special Issue: The Role of Prevention Science in Advancing Research and Practice in the Schools
Volume 47, Issue 1, pages 5–21, January 2010
How to Cite
McIntosh, K., Filter, K. J., Bennett, J. L., Ryan, C. and Sugai, G. (2010), Principles of sustainable prevention: Designing scale-up of School-wide Positive Behavior Support to promote durable systems. Psychol. Schs., 47: 5–21. doi: 10.1002/pits.20448
- Issue published online: 10 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 17 NOV 2009
In this article, we provide an overview of School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS), an approach to building protective school cultures and preventing the development of problem behavior through instruction, environmental redesign, and attention to systems-level variables. We define the critical features of SWPBS within a prevention science lens, including identification of its conceptual foundations, proximal mediators of student outcomes, and current research base and goals. Given its evidence of effectiveness, we describe efforts and a research agenda in the area of sustainability of SWPBS, including a description of a proposed model of sustainability and a case study of statewide implementation with steps taken to promote sustained implementation. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.