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ERIC Number: EJ1084703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-4669
Social Support for Adolescents with a High Level of Truancy in Swedish Compulsory Schooling
Strand, Anne-Sofie; Anbäcken, Els-Marie; Granlund, Mats
Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, v20 n4 p293-311 2015
The aim of this article is to explore whether 15 students with a high level of truancy have experienced social support at school. The analysis is based on systems theory with a focus on the social context at school. The study is based on data collected in an earlier school document study (Strand & Granlund, 2013) and on 2 earlier interview studies with the school staff (Strand & Cedersund, 2013) and the students themselves (Strand, 2012). Data triangulation was conducted using person-based content analysis. The students were divided in three groups of the school system. For "the winners," we found that engaged adults close to them made a positive difference that restored their relationship with school. "The unchallenged" and "the losers" of the school system had poor social relationships with the school staff, especially within the classroom. A dearth of relationships with classmates was observed for all 3 groups. There was a low level of agreement between the information taken from the school documents, what the school staff members said, and what the students themselves said for all of the groups. What the students perceived as support was not the same as the school had noted as provided and received support.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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