Date of Award

Spring 5-13-1996

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Unexcused absences continue to be a problem for schools, families and communities. In this study 50 subjects aged 12- 16 are described using two different measures. Parent-completed program forms provide information on the variables age, gender, race, family size, family income, chemical use, discipline problems, peer pressure, moves and separation or divorce of parents. The second measure examines the opinions and perceptions of key informants to these and other variables impacting school attendance. The findings suggest a larger than expected percentage of girls and minorities exhibiting this behavior. Key informants identified parent's ability to discipline, student’s chemical use and discipline problems as the primary factors associated with truancy. Linking gender to depression, chemical use and discipline problems produced results that differed from research expectations.


SC 11.MSW.1996.Roller.C

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