alexa A cross-cultural study of student problem behaviors in middle schools


Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior

Author(s): Haigen Gu, ShuLing Lai, Renmin Ye

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Using the latest international educational database, TIMSS, this study investigates and compares the occurrences of 11 student problem behaviors as reported by middle school principals in ten countries. For each country, the study reveals the relationships of these problem behaviors with teachers’ attitudes and parental involvement, and discusses the influences of the problem behaviors on students’ academic achievement. Finally, a longitudinal study analyses the development and changes of student problem behaviors in 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007 using the data from TIMSS four regular cycles. The results find that the student problem behaviors, especially those problem behaviors related to lessons or conflicting with others, in the Western country schools, have strong relationships with students’ performances. The findings provide worldwide per- spectives and meaningful references for intensive research of school psychology, reduc- tion of student problem behaviors in middle schools, and improvement of students’ academic performance.

This article was published in School Psychology International and referenced in Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior

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