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Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD) in schools can be defined in many ways. For example, EBD can be seen as: a set of problems that reside mainly within the individual student; as the result of interactions between social and psychological sub-systems, or as the product of professional discourses that create and maintain the very problems that they purport to identify and solve. Clough and Garner's Handbook of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties sheds light on all of these perspectives and reveals the enormous complexity and diversity of what is termed "EBD". In doing this, the book reveals itself to be both a scholarly and practical resource that will be indispensable to anyone seeking insight and direction for understanding and responding to EBD in the 21st century.

Television and Viewers' Behaviour: Real or Elusive Links?
Television and viewers' behaviour: Real or elusive links?

Learned behaviour is the product of complex connections between individuals' biological make-up (non-genetic and genetic) and their environment. For most children, elements of this learning equip them with the personal and social skills essential for a healthy adjustment to their surroundings. Thus, for instance, they become able to forge - and to sustain -satisfactory relations with others. Lacking these ‘life skills’, youngsters can encounter difficulties with their socialization efforts. Along these lines, some have cautioned that there may be an alarming increase in the number of people:

… entering adulthood with serious personal and social deficits, including fragile ties to parents, difficulties in maintaining intimate relationships, weak community attachments … (Amato ...

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