Causal Factors

1311 Words Apr 15th, 2016 6 Pages
SPE 357 – Characteristics of Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities and Strategies to Teach Individuals with EBD
Professor Karen Moeller
Causal Factors
Tamika Camano

Emotional and Behavioral disorders can result from one or any number of combinations of causal factors from the students biological, familial, cultural, or educational background and/or environment. This essay will discuss causal factors, the implications, and possible mitigation regarding EBD students.
Biological factors are responsible for certain conditions that are the cause of certain emotional and behavioral disorders. Whether or not the parent was using recreational drugs while pregnant or if they have a history of mental illness can have an effect on the student
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Certain behaviors and attitudes that are modeled and accepted in the student’s culture may not be acceptable attitudes and behaviors in the classroom. (Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Causes and Prevention)
Observation and testing are the key ways utilized to identify the causal factor for EBD. Teachers can play a large role in identifying this problem by their observation of the student. A student who does not deal with problems or is having problems that are not appropriate for their age group, but a much lower age group, would be identified as a student possibly having EBD and in need of further evaluation. The Student Risk Screening Scale and the Systematic Screening for Behavior Disorders are two assessments that can help identify a student with EBD. (Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Causes and Prevention) When evaluating students with mental health issues, it is best to utilize questionnaires developed by The Fourth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) (Causal Factors for Emotional Disorders).
These causal factors can impact the student with EBD in various ways.
Biological issues or conditions that have been passed down from the parents to the student, such as mental illness, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) may cause the student to have little or no self-control, become anxious, or