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Teachers' views on risk factors for problematic school absenteeism in Swedish primary school students
Region Östergötland, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Linköping. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Educational Psychology in Practice, ISSN 0266-7363, E-ISSN 1469-5839, Vol. 31, no 4, 412-423 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the present online survey, 158 teachers in regular and special education teaching in grades six to nine were asked to rate the importance of probable reasons for problematic school absenteeism. On average, the teachers estimated that among their students, 19 students had presented with problematic school absenteeism over the last five years. Teachers viewed school absenteeism as a multifactorial problem. Family factors were considered to contribute most and low mood or depression were rated as one of the five most contributing factors. Teachers in special education viewed school factors as more influential than teachers in mainstream education did (t156 = −3.94, p < 0.05). The current findings stress the importance of collaboration between the school, parents and the student to be able to address all factors that may lead to problematic school absenteeism.

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Routledge, 2015. Vol. 31, no 4, 412-423 p.
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school absenteeism, adolescents, mental health, psychosocial problems
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Applied Psychology Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123862DOI: 10.1080/02667363.2015.1086726OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-123862DiVA: diva2:893109
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2016-01-20Bibliographically approved

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