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behaviour disorders and self affirmation by Lindsay Dunseith - Thursday, 2 July 2009, 03:00 PM

 
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behaviour disorders and self affirmation by Lindsay Dunseith - Thursday, 2 July 2009, 03:00 PM
by Alasdair Andrew - Saturday, 26 January 2013, 5:57 PM
 
I recognise patterns associated with ODD from past pupils I have taught. However, my understanding of the behaviour patterns appeared to result from a desire on the part of the pupil to affirm themselves within their peer group. In some cases the notion of underachievement seemed to impact strongly on self image - consequently blaming others for mistakes was part of the pattern of self affirmation. It did not seem to be unusual enough to be classed as a disorder but more a logical consequence of an emerging ego. 
Therefore, at what stage would one identify an actual disorder?
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Re: behaviour disorders and self affirmation by Lindsay Dunseith - Thursday, 2 July 2009, 03:00 PM
by Alasdair Andrew - Saturday, 26 January 2013, 5:58 PM
 
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Re: behaviour disorders and self affirmation
by Moira Thomson - Friday, 3 July 2009, 10:19 AM

ODD is a clinical disorder, so can really be diagnosed only by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.

I agree that many of the characteristics of this disorder are displayed by some children (often male) as part of the 'emerging ego'.   Only if all of the behaviours listed persist over a period of some months - perhaps intensifying - and measures to help resolve issues make no impact and are completly rejected - should a teacher consider referral to a specialist.