Download PDF by Valerie Harwood: Diagnosing 'Disorderly' Children: A critique of behaviour

By Valerie Harwood

ISBN-10: 0415342872

ISBN-13: 9780415342872

Based at the author's in-depth learn with teenagers clinically determined with behavioural problems, this ebook presents an intensive critique of brand new practices, examining:

  • the conventional analyses of behavioural issues and the making of disorderly children
  • the impact of the 'expert wisdom' on behavioural problems and its impression on faculties, groups and new generations of teachers
  • the impression of discourses of psychological sickness on teenagers and younger people
  • the expanding medicalisation of teenagers with medicines resembling Ritalin.

This ebook bargains an cutting edge and available research of a severe factor dealing with colleges and society this present day, utilizing Foucaultian notions to pose serious questions of the practices that make little ones disorderly. wealthy in case stories and interviews with youngsters and adolescents, it'll make attention-grabbing analyzing for college students, teachers and researchers operating within the box of schooling, inclusion, academic psychology, sociology and early life studies.

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From this standpoint, these emerging child objects can be considered as distinctive as the practices of child psychiatry ‘speaking them into existence’. 7KXVDFFRPSDQ\LQJWKHVSHFL¿FJD]HRI3LQHO  HPHUJHVDQHTXDOO\VSHFL¿F ¿IWHHQWRWZHQW\\HDUROGREMHFW6LPLODUO\DFFRPSDQ\LQJWKHµVFLHQFHRIFKLOG SV\FKLDWU\¶LVLWVVSHFL¿FREMHFWWKHµFKLOGDVSV\FKLDWULFREMHFW¶6XEVHTXHQWO\ accompanying discourses of disorderly children is its object – disorderly children. This knower–object relation is thus a mutually dependent relationship: without the psychiatric science of the child, there is no ‘child as psychiatric object’, and without its object there is no child psychiatric science.

This proliferation of interest in the child shares a close relationship with the notion of the child as psychiatric object that is seen as harbouring the potential of future danger. In a similar way, then, it can be argued that the practices that render children disorderly share an equally interdependent relationship with the disorderly child object. The contingency of delinquency and psychopathology Another contingency of conduct disorder is the concern with delinquency and the connection of conduct disorder to psychopathology.

Likewise, other high ‘representations’, such as the number of boys who are allegedly disorderly, must be scrutinised. , 2001; US Department of Health and Human Services, 1999). , 2000). , 2004). There are researchers, such as Keenan et al. (1999), who argue that ‘conduct disorder is a relatively common disorder’ and that, in addition to the risk of developing antisocial personality disorder, CD girls are likely to ‘get pregnant’. : 12). , 1999). Elze (2002: 97) suggests an ‘association between sexual minority youths’ perceptions of a negative community environment for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people and their externalising problems’.

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