Volume 12, Issue 1 (1983)
Application of the Self-Regulatory Model in Dealing With Encopresis
Children who deny their problems are often reluctant to discuss their difficulties even with a sympathetic adult. They may be embarrassed by their behavior that is not age appropriate and may refuse to talk or may overreact by crying when approached about such problems by the school psychologist. Topics which are of concern to teachers that are often difficult for children to discuss include; enuresis, encopresis, and public masturbation. Classroom teachers often react to these problems emotionally, further adding to children’s difficulties. While learning theory research provides techniques to deal with these socially inappropriate behaviors, often school psychologists do not know how to discuss these behaviors tactfully with children in a manner that places them at ease.
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