Youth and Behaviorism

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Youth and Behaviorism Jeffrey King Western Governors University Thesis Statement: Researchers believe that many childhood behavioral issues are often caused by external conditions, such as poverty, unhealthy living conditions and a negative home life. Some behavioral issues are a direct cause of mental health problems, but for this study, we will not look at the mental health issues that cause behavior issues. A growing body of research has examined the cause of youth violence, among peers and parental relationships. The world we are living in today is full of violent images; from video games to movies, even much of today’s music can promote a violent message. There are other external influences that can also influence many…show more content…
The same external situations, such as poverty levels, housing situations; growing up in undesirable neighborhoods that had generational problems such as inherited drug and alcohol abuse and high crime rates. The study, showed that the following factors: ethnicity, housing, family structure, income, unemployment, violent crime, suicide, and school dropout rates was an acting dynamic in creating aggressive behaviors, and other conduct disorders. The next article, written by a formal school psychologist who has a PhD in child psychology. Professor Huebner experienced firsthand these issues that these other researchers have studied. He noted that children who were happy and accepted by their peers behaved better in school. These children had better grades and were even in better health than the children rejected by their peers. He also noted that those children who exhibited negative behaviors were more likely to partake in undesirable actions, such as fighting and disruptive behaviors in the classroom. (Huebner, 2010). In a study conducted by A.H. Cillessen., C.F. Lieshout. J.M. Riksen-Walraven, &W.W Hartup. They state “...students who were rejected by their peers were more likely to develop behavioral issues as well as social and emotional disorders.” (Cillessen, Lieshout, Riksen-Walraven, & Hartup, 2002, p. 446). This shows that peer rejection contributes to mental health problems. When a child is rejected by his, or
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