Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
First Committee Member
Christopher Kearney, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
Failure to attend school can have a devastating impact on a child’s social, emotional, academic, and later career development. Psychologists, educators, and researchers from other disciplines have produced large bodies of literature regarding problematic absenteeism. This has led to varying terminology, divergent approaches, assessment, and treatment of nonattendance. Additional research on contextual, proximal, and distal variables, such as culture and family, has been encouraged. The present study involved contextual variables related to school refusal behavior and contained a more representative sample of youth with attendance difficulties than previous studies. Contextual variables included youth and parent ethnic identity, family environment, school climate, and perceptions of daily discrimination. The present study also examined differences between referral sources (community and clinic) on ethnic identity, psychopathology, and functions of school refusal behavior. Results are discussed in respect to systemic levels (i.e., youth, parent, family, peers, school, and community) and implications for assessment, treatment, and/or prevention practices.
Absenteeism; Nonattendence; School attendance; School attendance – Psychological aspects; School phobia; School refusal behavior
Child Psychology | Clinical Psychology | School Psychology
Haight, Courtney Marie, "The Relationship of Ethnicity and Familial Factors in the Expression of School Refusal Behavior in Clinical and Community Samples" (2011). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1090.