Prevalence of Challenging Behaviors Exhibited by Children with Disabilities: Mapping the Literature

David Simó-Pinatella, Cristina Mumbardó-Adam, Elisabeth Alomar-Kurz, George Sugai, Brandi Simonsen

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Prevalence studies of challenging behaviors among children with disabilities have a potential value, as they provide information for intervention and evaluation. However, the results from these studies seem to vary according to the population involved, the behaviors explored and the selected methodological procedures and instruments used. The purpose of this study was to identify the prevalence data of challenging behaviors considering the behaviors assessed, how the behavior is measured and which procedures are used to collect the prevalence of these behaviors among school-aged participants with disabilities. We performed a systematic review and selected 20 studies for analysis according to their methodological characteristics. The findings indicated that the most common behaviors studied were aggression and self-injury. Moreover, a wide disparity with respect to procedures and methods (e.g., sampling methods and instruments) to assess the prevalence of challenging behavior was identified. Recommendations for addressing these issues are presented, and implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)323-343
Nombre de pàgines21
RevistaJournal of Behavioral Education
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 de set. 2019


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