Truancy: Individual, School and Family Factors

Lynn Bye, Michelle E. Alvarez, Janet Haynes and Cindy E. Sweigart

in Truancy Prevention and Intervention

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398496
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777402 | DOI:

Series: SSWAA Workshop Series

Truancy: Individual, School and Family Factors

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Truancy is a complex issue. There are multiple reasons for truancy, and often more than one reason that any given student might be truant. This chapter discusses three major categories of factors associated with student truancy: individual student factors, school factors, and family factors. It also highlights the interactive and cumulative effect of these factors. It discusses the degree to which factors such as race, class, gender, disability (physical/learning/emotional/behavioral), sexual orientation, and intercultural parent/child conflict impact a student's educational experience, so that the result is truancy and ultimately school failure.

Keywords: truancy; social work practice; student behavior; truants

Chapter.  7547 words. 

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