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Master of Science (MS)
Disruptive behaviors exhibited by children and youth pose a major problem for
students exhibiting the behaviors, their peers, parents, and teachers. Disruptive behaviors
including shouting, aggression, off-task behaviors, and noncompliance, correlate with
poor social skills, low peer acceptance, higher rates of academic deficiencies, and in
adulthood instability in relationships and employment. Self-management programs
employ traditional behavior management methods and with self-management
components to teach students to self-monitor or evaluate their behavior. By teaching
students to be aware of and to manage their own behavior students may be better able to
generalize appropriate behaviors to other less supervised settings, complete more work,
and experience a sense of accomplishment for controlling their behavior. Past reviews of
self-management literature have demonstrated the effectiveness of self-management
interventions in changing disruptive behaviors and documented limitations of the
research. However, the most recent review was completed over a decade ago, therefore a
current review of self-management programs for disruptive behaviors was completed.
The review indicated that recent literature has corrected some past limitations by studying
a larger variety of age groups in different settings and by providing replicable
intervention steps. Unfortunately, many variables continue to be neglected (e.g.,
generalization, maintenance, social validity, treatment integrity). The strengths and
limitations of current self-management literature as applied to changing disruptive
behaviors exhibited by youth are discussed and areas for future research recommended.
Kupiec, Heidi, "Exploring the effectiveness of Self-management Programs for Students with Disruptive Behaviors: A Comprehensive Literature Review" (2001). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 988.
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