Conduct problems in young, school-going children in Ireland: prevalence and teacher response

Hyland, Lynda ORCID:, NiMhaille, Grainne, Lodge, Anne and McGilloway, Sinead (2013) Conduct problems in young, school-going children in Ireland: prevalence and teacher response. School Psychology International, 35 (5) . pp. 516-529. ISSN 0143-0343 [Article] (doi:10.1177/0143034313515984)

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Conduct problems in school settings can pose significant challenges for both children and teachers. This study examined the teacher-reported prevalence of conduct problems in a sample of young children (n=445) in the first two years of formal education in South West Ireland. A secondary aim was to assess teachers’ perceptions of child behaviour and classroom management strategies. Children displayed positive socio-emotional and behavioural adjustment, although more than one quarter had difficulties outside the ‘normal’ range. Class size and gender were shown to play a role in the level of difficulties experienced. Teachers reported significant challenges in managing classroom behavioural problems. This study provides useful insights into the socio-emotional and behavioural needs of school-entry age children. The findings also have important implications for policy and practice of school /educational psychologists and other key personnel and, in particular, the need to develop and implement early intervention and prevention strategies in schools.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 20328
Depositing User: Lynda Hyland
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2016 09:42
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2019 17:48

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