The importance of a biopsychosocial approach to interventions for students with social, emotional and behavioral difficulties

Paul William COOPER, Katherine BILTON, Michalis KAKOS

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Abstract

The term ‘biopsychosocial’ is often considered to have originated in the later 1970s in work of Engel (1977, 1980), who argued for a ‘new paradigm’ in medicine that went beyond a purely biomedical approach to take account of the role of psychological and social factors in physical health. The approach has been developed to apply to a wide range of issues. For example, it has been used to develop understanding of interactions between psychological stress and physiological factors in the causes and management of physical illness, such as cancer, AIDS, and general pain management (Gatchel et al. 2007). The biopsychosocial approach has also been applied to psychological therapies (Stern 2002) and social work approaches (Corcoran and Walsh 2009; Wong 2006) in relation to mental health. It has also played a significant role in furthering understandings of the ageing process (Whitbourne 2005). In the broad area of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) among children and young people, the biopsychosocial approach can be seen at work as a underpinning to multi-systemic therapy (MST) (Henggeler et al. 1996; Henggeler et al. 1997), which has been found to be a highly effective multi-agency and multi-modal intervention for problems such as conduct disorder in older adolescents (Kazdin 2002). Copyright © 2013 Ted Cole, Harry Daniels and John Visser.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Companion to Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
EditorsTed COLE, Harry DANIELS, John VISSER
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages89-95
ISBN (Electronic)9781136303111, 9780203117378
ISBN (Print)9780415584630
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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physiological factors
psychological stress
psychological factors
management
social factors
pain
AIDS
social work
cancer
illness
student
mental health
medicine
paradigm
adolescent
cause
interaction
health

Citation

Cooper, P., Bilton, K., & Kakos, M. (2013). The importance of a biopsychosocial approach to interventions for students with social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. In T. Cole, H. Daniels & J. Visser (Eds.), The Routledge International Companion to Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (pp. 89-95). London, UK: Routledge.