Attributions for Problem Behavior as Described by Turkish Teachers of Special Education

ERBAŞ D., Turan Y., Aslan Y. G., Dunlap G.

REMEDIAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION, vol.31, no.2, pp.116-125, 2010 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0741932508327461
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.116-125
  • Keywords: attributions, challenging behavior, teacher perception, functional assessment, behavior support, CAUSAL ATTRIBUTIONS, CHILDREN, SUPPORT, DISABILITIES, ATTITUDES, BELIEFS
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this survey study was to determine Turkish teachers' attributions of problem behaviors. The participants' (special education teachers) attributions of problem behaviors varied with some teachers showing agreement with a behavioral perspective while others attributed the occurrence of problem behaviors to other factors (e.g., poor parenting, God, the child's disability). Teachers' educational area of specialty and training on behavioral interventions were associated with their beliefs about problem behaviors. Results are discussed in the context of current literature and directions for future researches are suggested.