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ERIC Number: EJ888616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Why Kids Refuse to Go to School . . . and What Schools Can Do about It
Wimmer, Mary
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n3 p32-37 Nov 2008
School attendance is an ongoing concern for administrators, particularly in middle-level and high school. Frequent absences affect student learning, test scores, and social development. Administrators who understand the causes of school refusal behavior and are aware of effective intervention strategies can help provide supportive school environments that lead to improved attendance and school outcomes. This article discusses the causes for school refusal and what can be done about it. The author stresses that early assessment and intervention for school refusal behavior is key to successful outcomes. She suggests that school administrators should establish problem-solving teams that can identify, assess, and intervene with school refusers and promote strong alliances with families and mental health agencies involved in treatment. The goal of intervention should be to increase attendance and coping skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A