© 2014, BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved. Prolonged school non-attendance in adolescence poses a significant public health concern. Adverse outcomes for adolescents who have missed out on the social and academic bene fits of high school include mental health disorders and economic, social and relationship diffi culties that may persist into adulthood. Healthcare professionals are often consulted in cases of prolonged school non-attendance. Diagnosis and management of specific physical and mental health problems must be the health professional's initial priority, with the subsequent development of a management plan to assist with school reintegration. Using a specific framework, an understanding of the factors contributing to a young person's school non-attendance can be developed. Intervention leading to a successful return to school has the potential to lower the risk of associated long-term adverse health outcomes.
|Journal||Archives of Disease in Childhood: Education and Practice Edition|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|