Student-Centered Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Challenging Behavior in the Classroom

Principal Investigator: SungWoo Kahng

Aggressive behavior in young children is a known risk factor for youth violence (CDC, 2011). New methods for preventing youth violence and juvenile delinquency are needed to address this growing concern. Student-centered behavioral interventions (SCBI) provides an empirically-based framework for assessing and treating challenging behavior displayed by young children. SCBI also fits into the new Johns Hopkins Individualized Health Initiative. By focusing on the specific needs of students who are at risk for suspensions due to challenging behavior in the classroom, SCBI can directly address those needs in the classroom and allow the student to achieve success through appropriate behavior. We plan to evaluate the effects of SCBI on the challenging behavior of young students. SCBI is already being used by study team members as part of the clinical services they provide to schools as consultants.