An anxiety disorder affecting 1% to 5% of school children who, for various reasons, try to avoid attending school.
School refusal may be accompanied by undiagnosed learning disabilities or reading disorders; 1 in 4 children may occasionally refuse to attend school. Such behaviour becomes a routine problem in about 2% of children.
Aetiology Separation anxiety, social phobia, conduct disorder, depression, fear of bullying.
Diagnosis Questionnaires, interviews with doctors and health professionals
Synonym School phobia