Etiology of truancy: An ecosystems perspective

Ram A. Cnaan, Vivian C. Seltzer

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Truancy is one of the most alarming social problems school social workers and educators face daily. Because of the complex conditions that contribute to truancy, the etiology and development of the problem are unclear. The authors use a literature review to discuss the etiology of truancy and use an ecosystems perspective as a conceptual framework to analyze potential causes of truancy and to discuss relevant interventions for practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-183
Number of pages13
JournalChildren and Schools
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education


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