Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development

2011 Edition
| Editors: Sam Goldstein, Jack A. Naglieri

Emotional Disturbance

  • Xenia Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous
  • Nikos Georgiou
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79061-9_988

Synonyms

Definition

The term emotional disturbance encompasses diagnosable mental disorders of sufficient duration to meet diagnostic criteria specified within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

Description

Section 300.7c(4) of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA, 1997) (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a United States federal law that governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities.) defines Emotional Disturbanceas “… a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree, which adversely affects educational performance: (a) An inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors; (b) an inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xenia Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous
    • 1
  • Nikos Georgiou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus