What Is Inappropriate Behavior?

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Inappropriate behavior is any behavior that is not in line with societal standards and expectations. It can be exhibited by both males and females and by children and adults.

Inappropriate behavior ranges from minor incidents to serious offenses. Examples of inappropriate behavior in children include throwing temper tantrums, taking objects that do not belong to them and physically harming another living being.

Inappropriate behavior in adults can include rudeness, discrimination, assault and sexual harassment. These behaviors may take place in educational, social and workplace settings.

While reprimands or punishments are often necessary with adults, children respond better to emotional support than punishment. When the reason for the behavior is identified, the situation can be changed, and the child no longer feels the need to engage in the behavior.