ERIC Number: EJ1174345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
The Diverse Risk Profiles of Persistently Absent Primary Students: Implications for Attendance Policies in Australia
Hancock, Kirsten J.; Mitrou, Francis; Taylor, Catherine L.; Zubrick, Stephen R.
Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, v23 n1-2 p53-69 2018
The risk factors associated with absenteeism are well known. However, children's exposure to combinations of risks and how these relate to absence patterns remains unclear. Understanding variations in risk profiles among persistently non-attending children will inform the development of absence interventions. Using a longitudinal sample of Australian children (6-11 years), a latent class analysis of 19 risks identified four classes of risk exposure. Most children (56%) were exposed to minimal risk, 20% were exposed to parenting, child development, and mental health risks only, 15% were exposed to a greater extent to financial risks only, and 9% had a higher probability of exposure to all risks. Persistently non-attending children were eight times more likely to be in the high-risk group than regular attenders. However, one-third of persistent non-attenders were classified as low-risk. The heterogeneity of risk profiles is discussed in relation to policies using financial penalties to motivate improved attendance.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Attendance, Elementary School Students, Risk, Profiles, Longitudinal Studies, Educational Policy, Economic Factors, Child Rearing, Anxiety, Well Being, Child Development, Child Health, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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