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Research Report: Social-Emotional Learning

By Sarah D. Sparks — October 20, 2015 1 min read
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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.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 21, 2015 edition of Education Week as Social-Emotional Learning

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