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Mapping review

Intensive interventions to decrease school absenteeism: a systematic literature search with categorization

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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.

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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.


Downloadable as PDF. In Norwegian. Key messages in English.

About this publication

  • Year: 2022
  • By: Norwegian Institute of Public Health
  • Authors Flatby AV, Berg RC.
  • ISBN (digital): 978-82-8406-339-3

Key message

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.