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school refusal 

PAEDIATRICS, PSYCHOLOGY

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

References www.emedicinehealth.com/school_refusal/article_em.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_refusal

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