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ERIC Number: EJ893933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0161-5653
The Impact of School Social Work Services on Student Absenteeism and Risk Factors Related to School Truancy
Newsome, W. Sean; Anderson-Butcher, Dawn; Fink, Janet; Hall, Lisa; Huffer, Jim
School Social Work Journal, v32 n2 p21-38 Spr 2008
With the current emphasis on accountability in kindergarten through twelfth-grade education, greater demands have been placed on school social workers. In fact, many federal, state, and school officials are demanding the use of evaluative outcome research that demonstrates the potential impact of supportive services. The present study examined the impact of school social work services on reducing risk factors related to truancy as well as student absenteeism among students in urban secondary schools. A total of 115 students participated in the study. Seventy-four students receiving school social work services were matched with seventy-one comparable students not receiving services. Overall, results indicate that school social work services had a statistically significant impact on reducing various risk factors related to truant behaviors among students who received the intervention. On the other hand, no significant differences were uncovered between the experimental and comparison groups on student absenteeism. Implications are discussed in relation to the importance of school social work services in K-12 educational settings. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A