ERIC Number: EJ1055934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 104
Assessing Reasons for School Non-Attendance
Havik, Trude; Bru, Edvin; Ertesvåg, Sigrun K.
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v59 n3 p316-336 2015
The aim of the present study is to assess reasons for school non-attendance including somatic symptoms, subjective health complaints, truancy, and school refusal and to investigate the relationship of these with gender, grade, and self-reported special educational needs. The study is based on a self-reported questionnaire distributed to students recruited from seven municipalities in Norway. The total sample included 5,465 students in the sixth to tenth grades. The measurement model yielded indices of good fit, and the four suggested dimensions of reasons for school non-attendance were supported. Subjective health complaints emerged as the most commonly reported reason for school non-attendance, whereas 6.2% of students reported that their non-attendance "quite often" was due to truancy- or school refusal-related reasons. There was a tendency for students who report special educational needs to report more truancy reasons and for females to report more school refusal reasons. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Attendance, Attribution Theory, Gender Differences, Cohort Analysis, Educational Needs, Special Needs Students, Questionnaires, Secondary School Students, Health Conditions, Truancy, Student Surveys, Attitude Measures, Online Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Incidence, Foreign Countries, Dropout Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Factor Analysis, Structural Equation Models
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway