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School Refusal Behavior

  1. Christopher A. Kearney,
  2. Dio Turner II,
  3. Marisa Gauger

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0827

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Kearney, C. A., Turner, D. and Gauger, M. 2010. School Refusal Behavior. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


School refusal behavior refers to a child's refusal to attend school, as well as difficulties with remaining in classes for an entire day. The behavior refers to school-age youth who miss entire or partial school days, skip classes, or arrive late to school for unjustified reasons. School refusal behavior also includes youth who display morning behavior problems to stay home from school and youth who attend school under great duress that precipitates pleas for future nonattendance. The behavior is differentiated from parents who deliberately withdraw their child from school and from youths with significant exigent circumstances such as homelessness that prevent adequate school attendance.


  • school refusal behavior;
  • youth;
  • absenteeism