Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 247–257 | Cite as

Acting out in children: A review of the literature

  • Susan P. Atkins
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Abstract

This paper presents a review of the literature on the meaning, etiology and categorization of acting out symtomatology in children. It is apparent that there is no one cause nor is there one well defined disorder.DSM-III categories as they relate to behavior disorders are discussed and the problems of diagnosis are addressed. Appropriate treatment goals and interventions cannot be developed unless more global aspects of a child's functioning and the environment in which he lives are assessed.

Keywords

Social Psychology Behavior Disorder Treatment Goal Global Aspect 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan P. Atkins
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  1. 1.School Health ProgramStamford Conn., Dept. of HealthStamfordUSA

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