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Version 1.2 – Updated June 2023

Decreasing disruptive behavior


  • Influence: Decreasing disruptive behavior
  • Domain: Classroom
  • Sub-Domain: Classroom management
  • Potential to Accelerate Student Achievement: Potential to considerably accelerate
  • Influence Definition: Disruptions by students often aimed to exert a negative influence on the greater classroom environment. Generally caused by a greater factor than just acting out. Can stem from boredom, lack of attention, the task being too challenging, the student not feeling heard, etc.


  • Number of meta-analyses: 2
  • Number of studies: 140
  • Number of students: 5,940
  • Number of effects: 315
  • Weighted mean effect size: 0.82
  • Robustness index: 3


Journal Title Author First Author's Country Article Name Year Published Variable Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Effect Size
Journal of Special Education Skiba, Casey, & Center USA Nonaversive procedures in the treatment of classroom behavior problems. 1985 Classroom disruptive behavior 41 883 26 0.93
School Psychology Review Stage & Quiroz USA A meta-analysis of interventions to decrease disruptive classroom behavior in public education settings 1997 Decreasing disruptive behavior 99 5,057 289 0.78
TOTAL/AVERAGE 140 5,940 315 0.86
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