School Refusal (Child)

  • R. L. Dawson


This Unit is only concerned with those cases where it is considered that the child is successfully refusing to attend school despite the efforts and apparent desire on the part of his parents for him to attend. If, as is usually the case, a variety of strategies have been used and have failed to get the child back to school, it is reasonable to assume that the child is so fearful of returning to and attending school that in a sense he has little control over his non-attendance. It is important that the parents do not condone, wittingly or unwittingly, the child’s non-attendance and their commitment to use whatever rewards and sanctions are available and necessary to enforce the child‘s attendance is a useful measure of their non-collaboration in the child’s non-attendance. Sometimes this sort of school refusal is called ‘school phobia’ which, according to Tyerman, may have some or all of the following features:


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  1. Tyerman, M., Truancy, University of London Press, 1968.Google Scholar

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