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Definition of Emotional Disturbance

This presentation is designed to help preservice teachers understand the development of the federal definition of emotional disturbance
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Carl Liaupsin

on 1 October 2013

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IDEA Definition of Emotional Disturbance
Objectives
Students will list the 5 key characteristics of the federal definition of emotional disturbance.
Students will describe at least 2 problems with the definition of ED.
Where From?
Eli Bower 1957
Problems?
The IDEA Definition
1975
A child exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics to a marked degree for a long duration of time that adversely affects their education:

Difficulty to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors.
Difficulty to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers.
Inappropriate types of behavior (acting out against self or others) or feelings (express's the need to harm self or others, low self worth, etc.) under normal circumstances.
A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression.
A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.

The term includes schizophrenia, and does not apply to children who are socially maladjusted, unless it is determined that they have an emotional disturbance.
Eli Bower 1982
"Seriously"
Long Period of Time
Marked Degree
Broad Criteria
Social Maladjustment
Children with emotional disturbance exhibit one or more of the following characteristics to a marked degree for a long duration of time:
Difficulty to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors.
Difficulty to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers.
Inappropriate types of behavior (acting out against self or others) or feelings (express's the need to harm self or others, low self worth, etc.) under normal circumstances.
A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression.
A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.
What did he find?
Bower, E. M. (1982). Defining emotional disturbance: Public policy and research. Psychology in the Schools, 19, 55–60.
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