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Four Steps Model
Step 1: Identify the Behavior
Step 2: Understand the Effects
Step 3: Identify the Cause
Step 4: Avoid Mistakes

Related Behaviors
The Angry
The Defier
The Fighter
The Overly Aggressive
Behaviors At School

The Agitator

Behavior: Specific attitudes and actions of this child at home and/or at school.

  • Pushes people around, verbally and physically.

  • Threatens others continually.

  • Has a bad temper-and often a bad mouth. Brags loudly and often about his/her strength.

  • Extremely negative. Also has a very poor self-concept. As a result, becomes aggressive with other people at the first hint of trouble. A close look will reveal that this student always thinks others are trying to "put down" or take advantage of him/her.

  • Talks back. Usually very public in announcing what he/she plans to do.

  • Often has learning problems.

  • Uses physical aggression but, generally, only outside the classroom. In the classroom, makes verbal threats about what he/she will do after leaving the classroom.

  • If articulate, may be verbally aggressive.

  • Degrades others and humiliates others in public view.

  • Generally either a loner with few friends, or a gang leader. Those who join gangs identify with the bully in order to intimidate others. Regardless, the bully usually has a genuine reputation for being a fighter.

  • Responds to all interaction negatively and physically.

  • Looks for trouble.

  • Parents may promote fighting.