Published Online: October 20, 2015
Published in Print: October 21, 2015, as Social-Emotional Learning

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"The Treatment of School Avoidance in Children and Adolescents With Psychiatric Illness: A Randomized Controlled Trial"

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Chronic absenteeism can start in a child's first few years of school, and new German research suggests cognitive behavioral therapy for young children can help reduce it.

In a study published in the October issue of the German journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt International, researchers recruited 112 kindergartners from a local mental health clinic; the children had a variety of anxiety and depression issues, but all displayed "school avoidance" and had little or no attendance.

The children were randomly assigned to a control group or to participate in cognitive behavior therapy, in which students talk through how they will respond to future problems, coupled with family and school-based counseling. When researchers followed up six months later, students in both treatment groups were attending school 60 percent of the time.

Vol. 35, Issue 09, Page 5

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