Bonus Episode 15 - Discussing School Refusal w/ Dr. Christopher Kearney

Treating chronic absenteeism and school-refusal behavior is a growing need in many parts of the world. Heck, we even did a whole episode on it! Luckily, we have dedicated psychologists like Dr. Christopher Kearney working to meet these challenges through research and writings for professionals and for parents. Dr. Kearney joins Rob on the show this week to talk about his original research in developing the School-Refusal Assessment Scale and to troubleshoot some tough school-refusal scenarios.

Interested in learning more about school-refusal behavior? Check out ABA Inside Track Episode 58 for a nice overview of some of Dr. Kearney’s research. Then head on over to Amazon to pick up one of Dr. Kearney’s books including Rob’s favorite summer read, “Helping School Refusing Children and Their Parents”.

Episode 58 - School Refusal Behavior

Ah, the beautiful summer weather is finally upon us.  And what better time to talk about how hard it is for some students to attend school.  Is it bad teaching? Permissive parents? School anxiety? How the heck are we supposed to find out the function of school refusal behavior? Fortunately, Dr. Christopher Kearney and colleagues have been studying the assessment and treatment of school refusal behavior since the early 90's.  And your pals here at ABA Inside Track are here to disseminate their research with our brand of deep discussion and tangents about Jackie's history of poor attendance due to Sailor Moon.

Articles discussed this episode:

Kearney, C.A. & Silverman, W.K.  (1990).  A preliminary analysis of a functional model of assessment and treatment for school refusal behavior.  Behavior Modification, 14, 340-366.  doi: 10.1177/01454455900143007

Kearney, C.A., Pursell, C., & Alvarez, K.  (2001).  Treatment of school refusal behavior in children with mixed functional profiles.  Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 8, 3-11.  doi: 10.1016/S1077-7229(01)80037-7

Kearney, C.A., Chapman, G., & Cook, L.C.  (2005).  Moving from assessment to treatment of school refusal behavior in youth.  INternational Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 1, 46-51.

Kearney, C.A.  (2008).  School absenteeism and school refusal behavior in youth: A contemporary review.  Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 451-471.  doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2007.07.012

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