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So your child refuses to go to school? Here's how to respond

from Medical Xpress

Have you had to deal with grumbling kids who don't want to go back to school after the winter holidays? While some school reluctance is normal, spare a thought for parents whose back-to-school struggles have reached a whole new dimension. Their child's reluctance to go to school has escalated into a more significant psychological problem, called school refusal. Around 1-2 percent of children experience school refusal: becoming severely distressed at the prospect of going to school and having prolonged absences. Unlike truancy, young people diagnosed with school refusal don't experience other behavioural concerns: their parents know where they are; they remain at home despite their parents' best efforts to get them to go to school. more

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