Distressed or Deliberately Defiant? Managing Challenging Student Behaviour Due to Trauma and Disorganised Attachment

Howard, Judith (2013) Distressed or Deliberately Defiant? Managing Challenging Student Behaviour Due to Trauma and Disorganised Attachment. Australian Academic Press, Toowong, Qld.

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Complex childhood trauma includes the early exposure to ongoing and repeated, interpersonal, traumatic experience (e.g. physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, serious neglect, family violence) and also the wide-ranging, long-term impact of this exposure. This trauma can have profound impact on school behaviours, attendance and engagement and educational/life outcomes of learners. Worrying behaviours can also have a significant impact on the well-being, efficacy and retention of teachers and other educators. This book is written for busy teachers. In user-friendly, non-academic language, the author explains the neurological and physiological basis for the challenging behaviours of complex trauma-survivng students and provides practical advice to educators on ways to better support, manage and educate them.

"It is not unusual for educators today, whether in the early childhood, primary or secondary sectors, to be confronted with severely challenging student behaviour - students who fly into unexplained violent and oppositional outbursts with little warning; who respond poorly to tried-and-true behaviour management processes. Such behaviour has considerable impact on the delivery of teaching and learning programs and the emotional wellbeing of the teachers themselves as well as raising safety risks for the entire school community.

This book explains the basis for such behaviour as the neurological, physiological and behavioural outcomes of "disorganised attachment" due to prolonged exposure to a traumatic home life and provides practical advice to educators on ways that schools can effectively manage these students. By examining the science behind attachment theory, the neurobiology of behaviour, and the manifestation of disorganised attachment in the school context, this book will help educators:

  • minimise such challenging behaviour,

  • manage crises and disciplinary responses such as suspension and expulsion,

  • improve student compliance,

  • enhance education and overall wellbeing, and

  • deal with parents."--Publisher website

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ID Code: 99600
Item Type: Book
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Keywords: complex trauma, attachment, behaviour, neuroscience
ISBN: 9781922117151
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Judith Howard
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2016 21:57
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2016 02:38

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