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School absenteeism is a common and serious problem. Pupils miss a lot of education and it can result in missing graduation grades. High absenteeism rates are also a risk factor for drop-out from senior high-school. In Norway, one out of four students drop out of senior high-school. Various interventions can assist pupils and students attend school and complete their education.
We examined which secondary- and primary studies exist about the effectiveness of intensive interventions aiming to increase attendance, for students with high absenteeism rates, on absenteeism.
We conducted a systematic literature search with categorization of identified, relevant studies. It is a type of systematic review about what type of literature exists about a specific question, with included publications sorted into categories and presented in lists.
49 studies met the inclusion criteria and were included:
- We included 20 literature reviews and 29 controlled studies.
- Most studies were published in the last decade.
- The 29 primary studies were from 11 different countries: 52% were from the USA. There was one study from Norway.
- Most of the studies addressed students with truancy or school refusal problems.
- The studies addressed a variety of intervention, including cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interventions and similar.
This systematic review shows that there are a number of studies, including literature reviews, about the effectiveness of intensive interventions for students with high absenteeism rates.