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Students with Violent Behavior Often Untreated

A new study finds that students displaying violent behaviors often have untreated learning disorders and psychiatric illnesses.
The findings reflect the need for health care professionals, caregivers, and teachers to be able to identify potentially dangerous behavior patterns in aggressive students so that proper evaluations and diagnoses can be provided and subsequent treatments be made accessible.

The research, by Dr. Rappaport, a child psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance, and colleagues from Harvard University is published in the August issue of The Journal of Pediatrics.

Dr. Rappaport and her team evaluated 33 students in an urban public school district who were referred by school staff due to their aggressive behavior. The participants’ ages ranged from 5 to 18 years old.

The authors identified substance abuse in 11 students and at least one medical problem in 13 students. 28 of the 33 students (85%) evaluated had experienced a significant family crisis (such as sickness or death of a parent). 23 had participated in brief or intermittent psychosocial interventions, 5 of which included hospitalizations. 6 of the 18 students (33%) with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder had never received any kind of treatment for it.

“Often educators look at Columbine as the ‘twin towers’ experience where schools are understandably more vigilant about aggressive students and their potential for violence,” says Dr. Rappaport. “The challenge to create and maintain safe schools is to mobilize proactive strategies and create a balanced and informed approach.”

Source: Elsevier Health Sciences

Students with Violent Behavior Often Untreated

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Students with Violent Behavior Often Untreated. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 11, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2006/08/24/students-with-violent-behavior-often-untreated/212.html

 

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