Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Catherine Bradshaw describes a school-wide framework for reducing problem behavior using positive behavior support

POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS and Supports (PBIS), created by Horner and Sugai, is a school-wide application of behavioral systems and interventions to achieve behavior change in schools.

What we know
● Applying PBIS helps schools to establish a set of positively stated, school-wide expectations for student behavior.
● Randomized controlled studies have shown that high-quality implementation of PBIS is associated with significant reductions in disruptive behaviors and improved social skills.
● The PBIS model can be integrated with other programs, such as social-emotional learning, to further enhance the impact of the tiered framework on a broader set of internalizing, externalizing, prosocial, and academic outcomes.
● The improvements in the schools’ organizational context achieved through PBIS may enhance the implementation quality of other more intensive preventive interventions and reduce the need for more intensive school-based services.

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October 2012