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Behavior Intervention

  • By: Thomas J. Kampwirth
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Behavior intervention refers to actions taken by school personnel, parents, and/or agency personnel to improve the behavior of school children. The focus of the interventions is limited to what are commonly referred to as behavior problems (or challenges) that are social, interpersonal, and emotional in their nature and effects; it does not address behaviors associated with poor achievement, such as reading, math or writing problems.

Developing, conducting, and monitoring behavior interventions with students (and their caretakers) are important activities for (at the very least) the following reasons:

  • Disruptive behavior is an impediment to the effective management of learning environments.
  • Student engagement in disruptive, unproductive behaviors often reduces the individual's educational progress and the progress of other students who are affected by these behaviors.
  • Students who do ...
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