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Acting Out Behavior - What is Acting Out Behavior?

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Updated June 20, 2014

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Definition: Acting out behavior refers to problem behavior that is physically aggressive, destructive to property, verbally aggressive, or otherwise more severe than simple misbehavior. Acting out behavior is disruptive in any setting and often requires formal behavior intervention to manage it.
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Also Known As: tantrums, behavior meltdowns, disruptive behavior, destructive behavior, aggression, defiance, oppositional behavior
Examples:
Acting out behavior is a main cause of suspension and expulsion in schools.

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