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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.

How We Prevent the Prevention of Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties in Education1
How we prevent the prevention of emotional and behavioral difficulties in education

Preventing emotional and behavioral difficulties is a popular idea to which nearly everyone gives lip service. However, people often stymie prevention, even while acknowledging that it makes eminent sense. Public officials may call for prevention, then cut budgets for early intervention. Many educators look with disfavor on preemptive treatment in the absence of severe difficulties and reject the treatment of minor problems. No one says that only extreme and protracted educational difficulties warrant intervention, yet early intervention is often sidestepped.

Primary prevention keeps difficulties, disorders, or problems (‘difficulties’ subsequently refers to all such emotional or behavioral troubles) from occurring at all. Once a ...

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