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School Absenteeism: Universal Problem Seeks Gold Standard Solutions
Description & Aim
School absenteeism is a universal problem. It negatively impacts youth, families, schools, and the broader community. We – educators, practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers – need to be able to efficiently and reliably determine whether a youth’s absenteeism is problematic and warranting intervention. Thus, we need to know which procedures and instruments are most helpful for identifying youth, families, schools, and communities in need of targeted intervention.
This workshop brings together 25 academics and practitioners dedicated to reducing school absenteeism. Their expertise spans education, youth development, social work, sociology, psychology, and psychiatry. Participants present international developments in identifying, understanding, and responding to emerging school attendance problems (SAPs). They engage in focus groups, plenary discussion, and writing activities geared towards the main aim: consensus on best practices for conceptualizing SAPs and identifying at-risk youth. An international committee will be established to steer the evolution, evaluation, and dissemination of targeted interventions for SAPs, including conferences and special issues in scientific journals.