These are resources which could help schools promote attendance, understand absenteeism, and intervene with absenteeism. Some resources may be evidence-based while others are emerging practice. Many of the resources presented here may be helpful for Tier 1 work (e.g., whole school programs to promote attendance) and Tier 2 work (e.g., early intervention for emerging attendance problems). If you are looking for resources in a language other than English, please check the ‘My Country’ menu.
- Kearney, C.A., & Graczyk, P. (2014). A Response to Intervention model to promote school attendance and decrease school absenteeism. Child and Youth Care Forum, 43, 1-25.
- Kearney, C.A., & Bensaheb, A. (2006). School absenteeism and school refusal behavior: A review and suggestions for school-based health professionals. Journal of School Health, 76, 3-7.
- Kearney, C.A., & Bates, M. (2005). Addressing school refusal behavior: Suggestions for frontline professionals. Children and Schools, 27, 207-216.
- Kearney, C.A., & Beasley, J.F. (1994). The clinical treatment of school refusal behavior: A survey of referral and practice characteristics. Psychology in the Schools, 31, 128-132.
Books and Book Chapters
- Kearney, C. A. (2019). Helping families of youth with schoool attendance problems: A practical guide for mental health and school-based professionals. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Gee, K. A. (2018). What contributes to the variation in chronic absenteeism across the early elementary years? Understanding the role of children, classrooms and schools. In M. Gottfried & E. Hutt (Eds.), Absent from school: Understanding and addressing student absenteeism. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
- Heyne, D. A., Sauter, F. M., & Maynard, B. R. (2015). Moderators and mediators of treatments for youth with school refusal or truancy. In M. Maric, P. J. M. Prins, & T. H. Ollendick (Eds.), Moderators and mediators of youth treatment outcomes (pp. 230-266). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Kearney, C. A. (2018). Helping school refusing children and their parents: A guide for school-based professionals (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.
- Kearney, C. A. (2016). Managing school absenteeism at multiple tiers: An evidence-based and practical guide for professionals. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Blöte, A. W., Miers, A. C., Heyne, D. A., & Westenberg, P. M. (2015). Social anxiety and the school environment of adolescents. In K. Ranta, A. M. La Greca, L.-J. Garcia-Lopez, and M. Marttunen (Eds.), Social anxiety and phobia in adolescents: Development, manifestation and intervention strategies (pp. 151-181). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
- Kearney, C. A., & Diliberto, R. (2014). School absenteeism in childhoodchool absenteeism in childhood. In T.P. Gullotta & M. Bloom (Eds.), Encyclopedia of primary prevention and health promotion (2nd ed.) (pp. 897-906). New York: Springer.
- Wimmer, M. B. (2013). Evidence-based practices for school refusal and truancy. NASP Publications.
- Kearney, C. A., & Spear, M. (2012). School refusal behavior. In R.B. Mennuti, R.W. Christner, & A. Freeman (Eds.), Cognitive-behavioral interventions in educational settings: A handbook for practice (2nd ed.) (pp. 161-185). New York: Routledge.
- Gentle-Genitty, C. (2008). Tracking more than absences: Impact of school's social bonding on chronic truancy. Lambert Academic Pub.
- Kearney, C. A., Cook, L. C., & Chapman, G. (2007). School stress and school refusal behavior. In G. Fink (Ed.), Encyclopedia of stress (2nd ed.) (Vol. 3) (pp. 422-425). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
- Kearney, C. A., Lemos, A., & Silverman, J. (2006). School refusal behavior. In R.B. Mennuti, A. Freeman, & R.W. Christner (Eds.), Cognitive-behavioral interventions in educational settings: A handbook for practice (pp. 89-105). New York: Brunner-Routledge.
- Kearney, C. A. (2004). Absenteeism. In T.S. Watson & C.H. Skinner (Eds.), Encyclopedia of school psychology (pp. 1-2). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum.
- Kearney, C. A. (2004). School refusal. In T.S. Watson & C.H. Skinner (Eds.), Encyclopedia of school psychology (pp. 274-276). New York: Kluwer Academic/ Plenum.
- SEL and Mental Health Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- ‘Resources for Teachers’ can be found via the Absences Add Up website
- ‘Resources for Schools’ in the Missing School Matters website
- ‘School Attendance Improvement Strategies’ from the California Department of Education (USA) website
- ‘Truancy and Attendance - Interventions for High Schools’ from Education Partnerships, Inc.
- 'Attendance Playbook': " ... each page of this playbook describes an intervention, identifies the problem it solves, summarizes supporting research, and highlights schools or school districts that have used the strategy successfully." Authored by P. Jordan (2019).
- 'School refusal: A small guide to supporting school attendance', written for those personnel working at schools and in student welfare who meet with children and young people who are often absent from school, and also written for their parents and guardians. Authors of the booklet are J. Sergejeff, T. Pilbacka-Rönkä, and H. Mantila.
- Material for schools, to help them support youth and families affected by school refusal. There is a one-page summary and a more detailed document.
- Information about school refusal, prepared for educators by Dr Mary Wimmer for the National Association of School Psychologists in the USA: https://apps.nasponline.org/search-results.aspx?q=wimmer