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(p. 81) The Anxious Middle/High School Adolescent 

(p. 81) The Anxious Middle/High School Adolescent
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(p. 81) The Anxious Middle/High School Adolescent
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Christopher A. Kearney

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190912574.003.0005
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date: 02 April 2020

Chapter 5 focuses on middle and high school youth who refuse school primarily due to anxiety. School attendance problems in middle and high school students are usually much more complicated than in younger students. Part of this is due to the different structure of the school experience, including open campuses, multiple classes and teachers, larger and more chaotic settings, and new and challenging social and academic tasks. As such, school-based anxiety and school disengagement are key threats to attendance in middle and high school. This chapter gives detailed recommendations for psychoeducation, cognitive restructuring, mindfulness, and gradual reintegration into school. Circumstances most characteristic of older children with school attendance problems include difficulty with increased academic challenges, social and performance anxiety, and peer pressure. Core intervention components and procedures to expand the effectiveness of these core components are covered.

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