Postprint version. Published in Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, Volume 1, Issue 1, Winter January 1, 1999, pages 43-58.
© 1999 Sage Publications. This is the post-print version.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Michael Ruef was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/109830079900100106.
Data from five focus groups, each representing a different stakeholder constituency interested in the challenging behavior of individuals with mental retardation and/or autism, were reported. Emergent themes across administrators and policy makers, families, friends, individuals with disabilities, and teachers and practitioners included current barriers faced; practical, positive solutions found; and preferences for helpful informational products concerning challenging behavior. Key recommendations focus on the implications of this information for research, training, and dissemination activities.