Influencing youth's beliefs about their potential to change in residential care by using the on-line intervention Change Your Mindset
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SourceJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27, 4, (2014), pp. 340
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SW OZ BSI OGG
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Aim: There is a need for interventions to improve the sense of competence in youth with Mild to Borderline Intellectual Disabilities (MBID). We will briefly demonstrate the online intervention Change Your Mindset (CYM) that teaches youth an incremental theory in which abilities are conceptualized as improvable. To test whether youth have a fixed or growth mindset we developed the Change Beliefs Questionnaire (CBQ). Change beliefs are the primary outcome of the CYM intervention. Method: We will examine the CBQ in a group of 60 adolescents (12-18 years) with MBID, all attending a special school for students with learning disabilities. We will test the reliability and construct validity by using Cronbach’s alpha and factor analysis. Furthermore, we will examine convergent validity by correlation analysis including data concerning youth’s empowerment, coping strategies and persistence. Data is currently being collected. Results: We hypothesise that the CBQ has satisfactory reliability and we expect that youth with a growth mindset feel more empowered, use more positive coping strategies and show greater persistence compared to youth with a fixed mindset. Conclusion: This study will demonstrate whether the CBQ is a reliable and valid instrument to measure change beliefs in a group of adolescents with MBID.
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