When Children Refuse School: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach Parent Workbook

Paperback | March 14, 2007

byChristopher A. Kearney, Anne Marie Albano

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School refusal behavior is a common and difficult problem facing parents of children and teenagers. The behavior can have severe consequences by contributing to a child's academic, social, and psychological problems. A child's absence from school can also significantly increase familyconflict. If your child experiences anxiety or noncompliance about attending school and has trouble remaining in classes for an entire day, this workbook, and the corresponding Therapist Guide, can help. This Parent Workbook is designed to help you work with a qualified therapist to resolve your child's school refusal behavior. The Workbook outlines four possible treatment procedures that may be prescribed by a therapist, depending on your child's reasons for refusing school. Scientific evidencehas shown these programs to be highly effective in treating youth 5-17 years old who exhibit school refusal behavior. Regardless of whether your child refuses school to relieve school-related distress, to avoid negative social situations at school, to receive attention from you or another family member, or to obtain tangible rewards outside of school, the flexible treatments described in this book will help youand your child overcome school refusal behavior. The Workbook describes what you can expect during your child's assessment and treatment and provides answers to questions you may have about the process. It also provides instructions for continuing certain aspects of the program at home, includingrelaxation and breathing techniques, as well as exposure exercises to decrease your childs anxiety. Instructions are also given for completing daily logbooks with your child to track progress, creating a morning routine to keep you both on schedule, and developing written contracts to enhanceattendance and discourage nonattendance. With this user-friendly manual, you can take an active role in your childs successful return to school.

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School refusal behavior is a common and difficult problem facing parents of children and teenagers. The behavior can have severe consequences by contributing to a child's academic, social, and psychological problems. A child's absence from school can also significantly increase familyconflict. If your child experiences anxiety or nonc...

Christopher A. Kearney is at University of Nevada. Anne Marie Albano is at Columbia University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 10.91 × 0.59 inPublished:March 14, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195308298

ISBN - 13:9780195308297

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Assessment3. Consultation Session and General Treatment Session Procedures4. Children Refusing School to Avoid Objects or Situations that Cause General Distress5. Children Refusing School to Escape Painful Social and/or Evaluative Situations6. Children Refusing School for Attention7. Children Refusing School for Tangible Rewards Outside of School8. Preventing Slips and Relapse