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School Refusal (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis of School Refusal?

When the behavior is fairly new and/or not routine, children often do very well with just a little help from parents and teachers. Once school refusal becomes significant enough to be termed a disorder and has begun to go on for several weeks, the prognosis is still excellent with treatment.

Where Can People Get More Information on School Refusal?

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

American Psychological Association

American Academy of Family Physicians, School Refusal in Children and Adolescents


Anxiety and Depression Association of America. "School Refusal." <>.

Korematsu, Seigo, Tomoyuki Takano, and Tatsuro Izumi. "Pre-school development and behavior screening with a consecutive support programs for 5-year-olds reduces the rate of school refusal." Brain Dev Oct. 7, 2015.

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