Chronic School Absenteeism Linked to Mental Health
THURSDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Children who miss school
often are more likely to have symptoms of mental health problems as
teens, a new study finds.
Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles and
colleagues compiled information on 17,000 students in grades 1
The study found kids in second through eighth grades with mental
health problems, such as antisocial behavior or depression, missed
more school days than kids without those issues.
Middle and high school students who missed a lot of school were
also more likely to be later diagnosed with mental health
The study is in the journal
"We've long known that students who are frequently absent from school are more likely to have symptoms of psychiatric disorders, but less clear is the reason why," said lead study author Jeffrey Wood, an associate professor of educational psychology and psychiatry at UCLA, in a Society for Research in Child Development news release. "These two aspects of youths' adjustment may at times exacerbate one another, leading over the course of time to more of each."
Because chronically missing school might influence the
development of mental health issues and vice versa, researchers
said programs that treat both mental health issues and school
absenteeism are important.
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America provides more
childhood anxiety and depression.
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