INSA Projects

  • Members of INSA are contributing articles to a Research Topic within Frontiers in Psychology and Frontiers in Education. The Research Topic is titled “School Attendance and Problematic School Absenteeism in Youth”, edited by Christopher Kearney, Carolina Gonzálvez, and David Heyne. The articles are coming online when they are ready. You are also welcome to submit an Abstract for consideration by the Editors.
  • INSA members from Norway, Germany, and the Netherlands are collaborating on a study titled 'On the Frontline'. Please see the brochure for details. This is a feasibility study of the implementation and evaluation of a school-based framework which accentuates early identification and response to emerging absenteeism. Early identification and response serves as prevention for the development of severe and chronic absenteeism. Contact: David Heyne (
  • INSA members in the Netherlands are collaborating on a study title 'Know What Works' (Weten wat Werkt). This is a national survey of Tier 3 interventions for school refusal, to identify aspects of interventions deemed to be instrumental to their effectiveness. A report of the initial results will be available in May 2020, and scientific journal articles will be prepared thereafter. One of the themes of the study is 'collaboration', especially collaboration between professionals from education and mental health. A short video draws attention to some of the key aspects of collaboration. In the video, Chantal (from education) and Joost (from mental health care) explain how they collaborate when working in an alternative educational program (the Link in Almelo) for adolescents displaying school refusal. They discuss the strengths and difficulties in their collaboration by means of a 'marriage metaphor'. For information about the video or the 'Know What Works' project, contact Marije Brouwer-Borguis at



Other Projects

  • International Comparative Perspectives on School Attendance Problems: "This research project is funded by the Swedish Research Council. It has started on January 1st, 2020 and will be carried out under four years, until, December 31st, 2023.This research project is funded by the Swedish Research Council. It has started on January 1st, 2020 and will be carried out under four years, until, December 31st, 2023. The purpose of this study is to investigate national, organisational and individual dimensions of school attendance problems (SAP) among 15 to 17-year-olds in Sweden, the UK, Germany and Japan. The project uses a mixed method approach combining quantitative analysis of large-scale data on the national level with qualitative case studies on the organisational and individual level." Contact Susanne Kreitz-Sandberg
  • The KiTeS project stands for 'Kids & Teens at School'. It is a collaboration between Monash University in Australia, Warwick University in the UK, and Leiden University in the Netherlands. The study will assess school attendance problems in children and young people with an intellectual disability (ID) across mainstream and special schools. The three aims of the study are: (1) To establish the rate of school attendance problems in students with an intellectual disability; (2) To build a profile of the types of school attendance problems (e.g. school refusal, school withdrawal, truancy, school exclusion); and (3) To identify the factors associated with different types of school attendance problems. For further information see: 
    Contact: Glenn Melvin ( 

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