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ERIC Number: EJ888362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0198-7429
Physical Restraint of Students with Behavior Disorders in Day Treatment and Residential Settings
Fogt, Julie B.; George, Michael P.; Kern, Lee; White, George P.; George, Nancy L.
Behavioral Disorders, v34 n1 p4-13 Nov 2008
This study explored administrators' attitudes about the use of physical restraint in their school settings. Administrators of day treatment and residential programs for elementary students with emotional and behavioral disorders in the Mid-Atlantic states were surveyed on their attitudes toward, and the use of, physical restraint within their programs. Results showed that the use of physical restraint varied widely, ranging from 0 to more than 3 instances per day. About one third of the sample reported between 1 to 3 physical restraints per week. School size was found to be positively correlated with number of restraints. In schools that used physical restraint, more than half employed basket holds and prone restraints, most commonly following physical aggression. Administrators were divided in their opinions about the therapeutic utility of physical restraint, although most stated it was needed to keep schools safe. Recommendations for future research in the area of physical restraint are presented. (Contains 3 tables.)
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders. Council for Exceptional Children, 1110 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22201-5704. Tel: 612-276-0140; Fax: 612-276-0142; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania