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(p. 157) Children Refusing School for Tangible Rewards Outside of School
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(p. 157) Children Refusing School for Tangible Rewards Outside of School
Author(s):

Christopher A. Kearney

and Anne Marie Albano

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190604080.003.0007
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date: 11 December 2018

Chapter 7 outlines treatment procedures for children who refuse school for tangible rewards outside of school. Such children may be hiding school absences, displaying verbal and physical aggression, running away, spending an excessive amount of time with friends, and/or acting disruptively to stay out of school. Additional behaviors may include a hostile attitude, refusal to talk, drug use, or excessive sleep. The major focus of treatment is relevant family members, most likely 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.

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