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Sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of youths and parents seeking psychological treatment for school attendance problems

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  • Daniel B Johnsen
  • Johanne J Lomholt
  • David Heyne
  • Pia Jeppesen
  • Morten B Jensen
  • Wendy K Silverman
  • Mikael Thastum
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BACKGROUND: Knowledge of school attendance problems (SAPs) is needed to inform treatments targeting SAPs and protecting youths from negative outcomes associated with SAPs.

OBJECTIVES: This study examined the school absence, absence categories (i.e., absence due to illness, excused, non-excused), sociodemographic characteristics, and mental health problems among youths seeking psychological treatment for SAPs.

METHODS: The study used a cross-sectional design. Sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of 152 help-seeking youths with SAPs (i.e., >10% absenteeism) and their parents were examined. The data were derived from the baseline assessment conducted before treatment start.

RESULTS: Older youths, youths with mental health problems, and youths whose parents had mental health problems exhibited higher levels of absence. Lower levels of non-excused absence were found among youths with highly educated fathers, and youths living with both parents. Many youths had clinical levels of anxiety, depression, or 'emotional and behavioral difficulties'.

CONCLUSION: The study highlights the need for early intervention, addressing a broad range of mental health problems.

CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT03459677.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummere0261449
TidsskriftPLoS One
Vol/bind17
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)e0261449
ISSN1932-6203
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 26 jan. 2022

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