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
- 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.
- ‘Preventing Chronic Absenteeism & Truancy’ from the Indiana Department of Education (USA) website
- ‘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.
- 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