Externalizing Behaviors Among Children, Play Therapy, And Parental Involvement

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Externalizing Behaviors in Children, Play Therapy, and Parental Involvement
Externalizing behaviors are negative behaviors in which a person might act upon, such as aggression, impulsivity, property or personal destruction, and verbal insults (Meany-Walen, Kottman, Bullis, and Dillman Taylor, 2015). This type of behavior may typically lead to more significant underlying problem(s) in the future. According to Meany-Walen et al., (2015) children that display externalizing behaviors such as aggression, and who do not receive the proper intervention have a higher risk of experiencing problems throughout their lives. Additionally, Olson, Bates, Sandy, & Lanthier (2000) state that children experiencing such behaviors are at greater risk for academic failure, rejection by peers, conflicts with family and with educators, delinquency, low educational and occupational attainment, and adult criminality. Preschool children who particularly display high levels of aggression along with social, and emotional issues are also at a higher risk for continuing this form of conduct as well (Davenport & Bourgeois, 2008). It is important to consider the familial contribution to the child’s externalizing behaviors, such as aggression. Papalia, Feldman, & Martorell (2014) consider the family atmosphere as a key influence on the development of children, and the frequency of the externalizing behaviors occurring in children who derive from families with higher levels of conflict. Without intervention
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