ERIC Number: ED339963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Toward A Functional Model of Assessing and Treating Children and Adolescents with School Refusal Behavior.
Kearney, Christopher A.; Silverman, Wendy K.
This document begins by providing a brief historical overview of past attempts at classification, assessment, and treatment of students with school refusal behaviors. Limitations of traditional classification strategies are explored. Recent accomplishments with this population are then discussed, including the development of the School Refusal Assessment Scale (SRAS), a measure designed to assess the maintaining variables of school refusal, and the prediction of effective, prescriptively assigned treatments based on child and parent ratings. The functional model of assessing school refusal behavior described in this paper focuses on why children refuse school. It is hypothesized that children generally refuse school for negative reinforcement (avoiding stimuli within a school setting that provoke negative affectivity) and/or positive reinforcement (pursuing rewarding stimuli outside of school). The reliability and validity of the SRAS are described. Overall, the data derived from this study provide initial support for a functional model of assessing and treating children and adolescents with school refusal behavior. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: School Refusal; School Refusal Assessment Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (25th, New York, NY, November 21-24, 1991).