Helping School Refusing Children and Their Parents: A Guide for School-Based Professionals (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780190662059

Christopher A. Kearney
192 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Apr 2018
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Designed for guidance counselors, teachers, principals and deans, school psychologists, school-based social workers, and other school professionals, Helping School-Refusing Children and Their Parents outlines various strategies for helping children get back to school with less distress, all of which can be easily implemented in schools. This fully-updated second edition provides recommendations for a multi-tiered approach to school absenteeism that concentrates on prevention (Tier 1), early intervention for emerging cases (Tier 2), and more extensive intervention and systemic strategies for severe cases (Tier 3), with each tier based on empirically supported strategies grounded in scientific research.


1. School Refusal Behavior: Definition and Description
2. Contextual Variables and School Refusal Behavior
3. Tier 1 and Tier 3 Strategies for Problematic Absenteeism
4. Assessing Cases of School Refusal Behavior
5. Interventions for Negatively Reinforced School Refusal Behavior
6. Interventions for Positively Reinforced School Refusal Behavior
7. Relapse Prevention and Difficult Parents and Other Special Topics
Appendix: Additional Resources
About the Author

About the author: 

Christopher A. Kearney, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also the Director of the UNLV Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Dr. Kearney's research interests include school refusal behavior, selective mutism, posttraumatic stress disorder in maltreated youth, perfectionism, and other anxiety-related conditions in children and adolescents. He has published several books, book chapters, and journal articles on these topics.

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