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SCHOOL REFUSAL: Reasons and Red Flags that Every Parent Should Know

CECT Article: School Refusal Red Flags

By Sarah A. Tannenbaum, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist at the Center for Effective Child Therapy, Boston MA

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Statistics indicate that as many as 25% of school-aged children will engage in some degree of refusing to go to school before they reach 18. For some students, school refusal (when a child resists going to school on a regular basis or has problems staying in school) can be a symptom of a more significant psychological disorder that deserves attention. 

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