ERIC Number: EJ804184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
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An Interdisciplinary Model of School Absenteeism in Youth to Inform Professional Practice and Public Policy
Kearney, Christopher A.
Educational Psychology Review, v20 n3 p257-282 Sep 2008
Problematic school absenteeism in youth has long been a complex and vexatious issue for psychologists, educators, and researchers from other disciplines. An examination of problematic school absenteeism from different perspectives over many decades has led to poor comparability across publications, policies, and assessment and intervention protocols. This article briefly reviews literature from psychology, social/criminal justice, and education to outline important factors that influence school absenteeism. An interdisciplinary model is then proposed with an emphasis on common terminology and definitions, comprehensiveness with respect to proximal and distal influences, fluidity and flexibility to account for rapid changes in this population, and user-friendliness to generate suggestions regarding assessment and intervention. Implications of the model are then drawn for professional practice and public policy, including recommendations for individual and systemic intervention at multiple levels of risk and severity.
Descriptors: Intervention, Psychologists, Children, Public Policy, Truancy, Attendance Patterns, Influences, Predictor Variables, Models, Allied Health Personnel, Attendance, Risk Management, Literature Reviews
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IES Cited: ED549980