West Indian teachers', parents', and students' attitudes toward adolescent behavior problems

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Spring 1986

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Attitudes towards adolescent behaviour problems were surveyed using sample of teachers, parents, and secondary school students in Barbados. The study rated 52 behaviours for their impact on students' school and general social adjustment. Results revealed high positive correlations between groups in terms of ranked positions of problems, and also between rankings of problems of both boys and girls. However, parents rated the majority of problems higher (more serious) than did teachers, while adults generally awarded higher ratings than did male students, especially for conduct problems. Female students' responses were highly similar to those of adults, except in respect of heterosexual activity, which they rated more serious in boys, while most adults rated it more serious in girls. Implications for discipline and guidance are considered


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