Competency-based training and worker turnover in community supports for people with IDD: Results from a group randomized controlled study

Matthew Bogenschutz, Derek Nord, Amy Hewitt

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-195
Number of pages14
JournalIntellectual and developmental disabilities
Volume53
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Community supports
  • Direct support workforce
  • Employee turnover
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities

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