Disruptive children are often skilled at passing the blame for bad behaviour

17th March 2000 at 00:00
Meanwhile, another survey has shown that disruptive children are often skilled at passing the blame for bad behaviour on to others.

Researchers asked 81 inner-city secondary school children about their disruptive behaviour and the reasons for it.

The London youngsters, aged 11 to 13, came up with three responses; that they had had a hard life, that others were to blame, or denied that they had misbehaved in the first place.

Reearchers also assessed children's "mind-reading" skills by showing them photographs of people's eyes and asking them to decide what the person was thinking or feeling.

"Disruptive behaviour, avoidance of responsibility, and theory of mind," by Jon Sutton, of Glasgow Caledonian University, and Michelle Reeves and Edmund Keogh, of Goldsmiths' College, London, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, also published this week

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today