ERIC Number: EJ1059964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
Problem Situations Experienced by Urban Middle School Students with High Incidence Disabilities That Impact Emotional and Behavioral Adjustment
Sullivan, Terri N.; Sutherland, Kevin S.; Lotze, Geri M.; Helms, Sarah W.; Wright, Stephen A.; Ulmer, Lisa J.
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, v23 n2 p101-114 Jun 2015
A mixed methods approach was used to identify problem situations in peer and school contexts experienced by urban middle school students with high incidence disabilities that may impact their emotional and behavioral adjustment. A survey and semi-structured interview were conducted with a predominantly African American sample (95%) of 74 adolescents (61% boys) with high incidence disabilities (71% with learning disabilities, 15% with intellectual disabilities, and 14% with emotional or behavioral disorders). Focus groups were conducted with 35 school staff members. Based on the survey data, 14 peer and school problem situations were rated as frequently occurring and difficult to cope with. Data from the student interviews and focus groups revealed five themes of problem situations, including three in peer (i.e., peer influence, provocation, and teasing) and two in school (i.e., academic challenges and student--teacher relationships) contexts. These findings have important implications for school-based interventions focused on reducing risk for emotional and behavioral adjustment problems.
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Urban Schools, Middle School Students, Disabilities, Student Adjustment, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Emotional Disturbances, Semi Structured Interviews, Student Surveys, African American Students, Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Focus Groups, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Peer Influence, Influences, Bullying, Barriers, Teacher Student Relationship, Educational Environment, Low Income Groups, At Risk Students, Qualitative Research, Coding, Statistical Analysis, Help Seeking, Aggression, Coping
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01-DD000110