Glossary Term

Behavioral problem

Behavioral problems are often related to the context within which learners are living. This might be, for instance, experiencing the stress of a crisis/emergency, experiencing abuse, witnessing violence, being separated from their family, etc. Learner's reactions may be reflected in their behavior, whether by becoming quiet and withdrawn or disruptive, aggressive, or violent. Children with disabilities or learning difficulties may also experience behavioral problems, but not all children who experience behavioral problems have a disability or learning difficulty.