The effectiveness of a truancy hearing in four middle schools

Mary J Archibald, Fordham University

Abstract

The present study examines the community, family, school, and individual characteristics impact upon change in the rate of truancy between 6th and 7th and the 7th and 8 th grades among children who have missed twenty days or more of school. ^ Sixth and seventh grade students who attended a truancy hearing were hypothesized to have a change in the rate of absenteeism than those who were not referred for a hearing. No statistically significant difference was observed between those students who were never referred for a hearing or did not attend the hearing. ^ Parental knowledge about their child's truancy was hypothesized to result in a change in the rate of absenteeism. Parental knowledge was found to have a statistically significant impact on absenteeism for sixth graders not for seventh graders. ^ Students who had a home visitor for an MSW were hypothesized to have a change in the rate of absenteeism than those who had an educator as a home visitor. The MSW degree of the home visitor was found to have a statistically significant impact upon absenteeism for seventh graders but not for sixth graders. ^ Suspension was hypothesized to result in a change in the rate of absenteeism. No statistically significant difference was observed between suspension and absenteeism for both grades. ^ Students who move were hypothesized to result in a change in the rate of absenteeism. No statistically significant difference was observed between families who move or families who do not move for both grades. ^ Students who come from a home in which English is the primary language were hypothesized to have a change in the rate of absenteeism. No statistically significant difference was observed between the home language of the family and absenteeism for both grades. ^ Student who repeated a grade were hypothesized to result in a change in the rate of absenteeism. No statistically significant difference was observed between repeating a grade and absenteeism for both grades. ^ Findings of the study suggest that the four multiple domains are not significantly related to truancy. The implications for social work practice, social work education, and future research are presented. ^

Subject Area

Social Work|Education, Guidance and Counseling

Recommended Citation

Mary J Archibald, "The effectiveness of a truancy hearing in four middle schools" (January 1, 2002). ETD Collection for Fordham University. Paper AAI3080978.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI3080978

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