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(p. 1) Introduction
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(p. 1) Introduction
Author(s):

Christopher A. Kearney

and Anne Marie Albano

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190604080.003.0001
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date: 11 December 2018

Chapter 1 serves as an introduction to this parent workbook on treating school refusal behavior. School refusal behavior includes children aged 5 to 17 years who refuse to attend school and/or have trouble remaining in classes for an entire day. This is a common, difficult, and widespread problem, and can develop into a more serious one if left untreated. This introductory chapter covers the frequency and major features of school refusal behavior. Four reasons are outlined for school refusal behavior: (1) to stay away from objects or situations at school that make the child feel unpleasant physical symptoms or general distress; (2) to stay away from social or evaluative situations at school that are anxious for the child; (3) to receive attention from a parent or a significant other; and (4) to obtain tangible rewards outside of school that make skipping school more fun than staying in school.

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