Externalizing Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Behavioral Excess and Behavioral Deficits

William R. Jenson, Sarah Harward and Julie M. Bowen

in The Oxford Handbook of School Psychology

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195369809
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Externalizing Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Behavioral Excess and Behavioral Deficits

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This chapter is a review of externalizing disorders in youth, with an emphasis on behavioral deficits, behavioral excesses and effective interventions. The term externalizing disorders refers to a broad topic that includes several clinically recognized disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder (CD), and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). While specific chapters elsewhere in this volume cover each of these disorders, this chapter will investigate common similarities across several externalizing disorders, review their origins, and suggest evidence-based interventions for effective treatment. Academic intervention and academic assessment will not be addressed, because they are covered in two separate chapters. An emphasis will be placed on evidence-based practice interventions for externalizing disorders for the practicing school psychologist. It should be noted that by grouping ADHD, CD, and ODD under one label, externalizing disorders, the commonalities of these disorders will be highlighted, but in the process, some of their important differences will also be de-emphasized. (Mullin & Hinshaw, 2007).

Keywords: externalizing disorders; tough kid; behavioral excesses; socially maladjusted

Article.  22893 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Educational Psychology

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