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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.

The Forgotten ‘E’ in EBD
The forgotten ‘e’ in EBD
An Emotional World

Our emotions shape the events in our lives. We typically seek out those things, people or activities we enjoy, that bring us happiness, and we avoid or minimize those that bring us discomfort or pain. Strong feelings or passions can extend not only to our relationships with others but to our moral, religious, professional and political convictions. Delight and disgust, pride and shame, joy and sadness, love and loathing all form part of the tapestry of human existence.

Ask someone to recall a particularly memorable film or play or sporting event and the chances are they won't relate the ‘facts’; they'll tell you about the elements which touched them emotionally. They'll emphasize the really sad ...

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