chapter  7
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Teacher strategies for effective intervention with students presenting social, emotional and behavioural difficulties: an international review

ByPaul Cooper

Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) in young people pose enormous challenges to social and educational institutions throughout the world. The British Medical Association (2006) has estimated that 20% of young people experience a mental health problem at some point in their development, and 10% experience these problems to a level that represents a ‘clinically recognisable mental health disorder’. The range of problems includes: emotional disorders (such as anxieties, phobias and depression), self-harm and suicide, conduct disorders (CD), hyperkinetic disorders/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), psychotic disorders, eating disorders, and substance and drug abuse. In the UK 20% of this group of young people are diagnosed with two or more disorders.