Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Our society perceives childhood as a time when children are happy and carefree, learning and growing. For many children, however, childhood is not carefree. In the national school population, 1.2 to 2.0 percent of the students are behavior disordered (Haring, 1987). "Behavior disorders" is used as a term rather than "emotional disabilities" because the State of Iowa has mandated the use of the former term.
This research focuses on the ways in which children's literature portrays the behavior-disordered child. Books with accurate descriptions of the behavior-disordered condition in children help adults and other children understand the disorders.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Barbara R. Safford
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©1992 Sue Pedersen
Pedersen, Sue, "The Portrayal of Characters with Behavior Disorders in Fiction Books for Upper Elementary Children" (1992). Graduate Research Papers. 3962.