How Children and Young People with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties See Themselves

Authored by: Gale Macleod

The Routledge International Companion to Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415584630
eBook ISBN: 9780203117378
Adobe ISBN: 9781136303111


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This chapter examines current knowledge about how young people experience being labelled as having emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD). As EBD is a special educational label, discussion is about the experiences of young people in the school system. It is not primarily about the experience of being labelled as ‘naughty’,or a ‘troublemaker’, although these less formal labels may of course be precursors to being identified as having EBD. Nor is it principally about the experiences of young people who acquire a medical diagnosis such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While there will clearly be similarities, it has been argued that the acquisition of a medical label has particular consequences for a young person (see e.g. Harwood 2005).

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