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M.S. in Teaching in Special Education


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education


Rios, Hector


Conduct disorders in children; Home and school; Learning disabled teenagers--Education


Special Education and Teaching


The two purposes of this study were to (a) determine if there are factors of home life that are common among students in special education which may influence behavior problems in school; and (b) evaluate possible solutions to help to decrease the behavior problems. Twelve students in special education at a high school in New Jersey were selected to be the subjects of the study based on their consistent occurrences of disciplinary problems. The parents of the students completed a questionnaire concerning home life and quality time spent on certain activities with the family. The results from the survey revealed that there were some factors of home life which proved to be common among the students. The factors of home life most noted were absent fathers, lack of emotional support, and no quality time spent on homework and family activities. As a result, suggestions are explored as to ways in which schools and communities can help the students prevent or reduce the occurrences of behavior problems. Several programs already in place in some states are mentioned. The common factors and the possible solutions are further discussed.