ERIC Number: EJ1029091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 135
Parental Perspectives of the Role of School Factors in School Refusal
Havik, Trude; Bru, Edvin; Ertesvåg, Sigrun K.
Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties, v19 n2 p131-153 2014
The aim of this study was to explore parents' perspectives on the role of school factors in school refusal (SR). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 parents who had experienced SR with their own child. They identified several school factors related to SR. Some of these findings suggest that students who are prone to SR need more predictability and more teachers' support than they sometimes get in school. Their need for predictability seems to occur particularly during less structured activities and during transitions in school. Findings also imply that disruptive behavior among classmates and harsh management from teachers affects perceived predictability and support for SR-prone students. All parents expressed concern about bullying, and roughly a third of them reported that their child had been a victim of bullying. Insufficient adaptation of schoolwork was also mentioned relatively frequently. Parents emphasized that adaptation of schoolwork needs to be done in close cooperation with the student and parents to avoid negative differentiation from classmates or stigma. Finally, several parents commented that teachers and schools need more knowledge about SR and felt that schools needed a more coordinated approach to supporting students who are at risk of SR.
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Role, Semi Structured Interviews, Teacher Student Relationship, Behavior Problems, Bullying, Prediction, Victims, Student Adjustment, Teacher Behavior, Classroom Techniques, At Risk Students, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Attendance, Peer Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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