ERIC Number: EJ761783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Reference Count: 22
Evaluating the Differential Treatment of Emotional Disturbance and Social Maladjustment
Theodore, Lea A.; Akin-Little, Angeleque; Little, Steven G.
Psychology in the Schools, v41 n8 p879-886 Nov 2004
The vague and incomplete federal definition of emotional disturbance has caused a great deal of controversy and debate since the inception of Public Law 94-142. The lack of resolution among professionals attempting to elucidate the distinction between emotional disturbance and social maladjustment has resulted in continued conflict. Included in this debate are (a) whether students who are socially maladjusted should be included in the federal definition of emotional disturbance; (b) whether students identified as socially maladjusted should receive services; and (c) whether differential treatment for the two groups is warranted. In this article we provide a rationale for differential treatment between these two disorders as well as pertinent interventions tailored to meet the needs of individuals identified with emotional disturbance (ED) and social maladjustment (SM).
Descriptors: Social Adjustment, Emotional Disturbances, Antisocial Behavior, Definitions, Conflict, Federal Legislation, Counseling Techniques, Student Needs, Special Needs Students, Educational Legislation
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