This is a study of the frequency of occurrence of behavioral problems in schools and the severity of those problems as perceived by school principals. The Philippine sample consisted of principals of the 150 schools which participated in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study-Repeat (TIMSS-R) in 1999. Their perceptions of the problems were compared with those of an International sample for which data was provided by the Committee in Boston, Massachusetts.
The three most frequently occurring problems in the Philippine sample were tardiness; unjustified absences and violation of the dress code. In the International sample the most frequent problems were tardiness, absenteeism, and classroom disturbances. Profanity, cigarette or tobacco use or possession, were also high frequency problems in the International sample. The degrees of severity of the problems in the two samples differed mainly in culturally related variables.