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(p. 233) Children Refusing School for Tangible Rewards Outside of School
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(p. 233) Children Refusing School for Tangible Rewards Outside of School
Author(s):

Christopher A. Kearney

and Anne Marie Albano

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190604059.003.0007
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date: 11 December 2018

Chapter 7 describes treatment procedures for children who refuse school to pursue tangible rewards outside of school. Common behaviors in this functional group include secrecy to hide school absences, verbal and physical aggression, running away, spending an excessive amount of time with friends, disruptive behavior to stay out of school, hostile attitude, refusal to talk, drug use, and excessive sleep. The major focus of treatment is relevant family members, most likely the parents and the child (more likely adolescent) refusing school. The major goal is to provide family members with a better way of solving problems, reducing conflict, increasing rewards for school attendance, and decreasing rewards for school absence. Ways of improving family communication, solving problems by establishing and sticking to contracts, and dealing with peers are discussed. Special topics covered are 504 plans and individualized education plans, alternative educational placements, the need to involve law enforcement, and problems getting out of bed.

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