Exploring the perceptions of parents and young people with emotionally based school refusal and those who support them in the context of changing services
Prof Doc Thesis
Passmore, Jan 2009. Exploring the perceptions of parents and young people with emotionally based school refusal and those who support them in the context of changing services. Prof Doc Thesis University of East London School of Psychology
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This qualitative study aimed to explore the experiences of parents and young people who are demonstrating emotionally based school refusal behaviour (EBSR) in terms of the sense that they make of their difficulties and their views about the helpfulness or otherwise of the support they have received. In addition it sought the views of those practitioners, schools and agencies supporting such children and parents, to identify what is helpful currently and what could be done to improve support.
Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with six young people and their parents and the views of practitioners, schools and agencies supporting these families were analysed using Thematic Analysis.
All the participants identified positive and negative experiences, but were in agreement that more needs to be done to effectively support pupils with emotionally based school refusal. Practitioners, schools and agencies were
The implications from these results suggest that schools and professionals supporting children, young people and their parents need to reflect upon their current working practices and look for quicker and more effective ways of
Rather than viewing this group of pupils as dysfunctional, they could be seen to be displaying behaviour that demonstrates their discomfort in functioning in large scale secondary school environments, so shifting attention from a within child model to the wider system. If basic human needs are not met, such as the need to feel safe, secure and included and if those around are unable to adequately respond by containing and helping the child to address and deal with their anxieties, school refusal may be the consequence. The challenge is to consider how to meet the needs of the individual pupil within the large environment of a secondary school.
|Keywords||Emotionally based school refusal behaviour; Dysfunctional pupils; Secondary school environments,|
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|Deposited||07 Oct 2013|
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