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ERIC Number: ED429419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Violence and Aggression in Children and Youth. ERIC/OSEP Digest E572.
Fitzsimmons, Mary K.
This digest discusses the need for troubled students to receive habilitative services instead of haphazard punishment, then outlines sources of frustration for aggressive students and stages of frustration (anxiety, stress, defensiveness, physical aggression, and tension reduction), and appropriate responses. Teachers are advised to prevent antisocial behavior by using available curriculum to divert antisocial children from a path leading to adjustment problems by tailoring interventions to students who show at risk status with individual counseling and one-on-one behavior management plans and providing wraparound services that extend beyond the school building to encompass family and social support services. The digest also provides strategies to cope with students with aggressive and violent tendencies, including: (1) practice for a crisis; (2) train all staff to respond to student aggression; (3) dress appropriately by wearing low heels, loose-fitting garments, and omitting dangling earrings and sharp jewelry; (4) move items of value out of reach; (5) establish trust and rapport with students; (6) define behavioral expectations and apply consequences for rule compliance and noncompliance; (7) remain calm and in control; and (8) maintain a therapeutic attitude. The digest closes by reviewing relevant requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (CR)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA. ERIC/OSEP Special Project on Interagency Information Dissemination.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act