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ERIC Number: EJ853215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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A Comprehensive Approach to Disruptive Behaviors in the Classroom and Home
Baker, Jane; Hollaway, Deana M.
International Journal on School Disaffection, v6 n2 p37-40 2009
The impact of the economic crisis in America is having significant consequences across all environments. Children in Alabama are being hit particularly hard, with budget constraints leading to greatly reduced services for marginalized children and families in rural and urban areas. According to the United States Census Bureau, 16.6% of the population in Alabama fell within the poverty level in 2007. Census data also reveals that only 75% of Alabamians have attained at least a high school education. For urban and rural children in Alabama who exist at or below the poverty line, their social, environmental, and educational difficulties are magnified by an overall lack of resources and opportunities and further reduced services. The profound level of deprivation that these children experience has been well documented through reduced graduation rates, higher incidents of incarceration, and a perpetuation of family legacies defined by impoverishment. The Uniform Crime Reporting prepared by the Disaster Center ranks Alabama as having the 15th highest Crime Index in the US, which includes violence, theft and property crimes. Alabama ranks 24th highest for forcible rapes and 15th highest for murders, with a 22nd highest ranking for overall violent crime in 2007. The need for a comprehensive approach to reduce disruptive behaviors continues to grow in the face of insufficient funding for therapeutic services for many of these children. In this article, the authors discuss how a program at the Center for Attachment and Family Development in Decatur, Alabama seeks to reach these children with a multi-disciplinary approach. The authors stress that this type of intervention is most effective in addressing the needs of the children, the parents, and other professionals involved with each child.
Descriptors: Poverty, Crime, Graduation Rate, Urban Schools, Rural Schools, Behavior Problems, Behavior Modification, At Risk Persons, Social Influences, Environmental Influences, Educational Opportunities, Access to Education, Educationally Disadvantaged, Intervention, Foster Care, Counseling Techniques
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama