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Anderson, Susan R.
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Emotionally disturbed children: products of troubled adults?
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Seminar for UWI community
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April 22, 2005
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New Education Lecture Theatre, University of the West Indies (Mona)
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Abstract
The focus is to draw attention to the interaction between and among emotional disturbance in children and adults with behavioural problems who are themselves the result of the troubled system/ agencies of socialization. Three of the major characteristics of these adults are: 1. Inappropriate type of behaviours or feelings under normal circumstances; 2. General pervasive mood of unhappiness or free floating depression; 3. Extremely poor interpersonal relation. It is argued that these adults due to their poor interpersonal skills cause distress to children who in turn have to find “adjustive” responses. The result of such “adjustive” responses is later labeled as emotional disturbances based on psychological assessments. Explanations and treatment are offered with regards to the behaviours of the adults using the Freudian perspective. The writer feels that people who are considered troubled are the result of “failure-to-match” the interplay between the adult and the systems of which he is a part. It is the feeling of disconnect which result in the troubled behaviour.....
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