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An exploration of the relationship between trait anxiety and school attendance in young people

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Previous research has consistently found an association between elevated anxiety and school refusal behaviour (SRB) in children and young people. Kearney (J Child Psychol Psychiatry 48:53–61, 2007) suggested that this relationship is best understood by exploring motivations underlying SRB. The present study aimed to establish whether motivating factors associated with non-attendance could explain the relationship between trait anxiety and school attendance in a community sample of 162 12–13-year-old young people. We measured motivating factors using the School Refusal Assessment Scale-Revised (SRAS-R; Kearney in J Psychopathol Behav Assess 24:235–245, 2002). In addition, we assessed the factor structure of the SRAS-R using confirmatory factor analysis. Goodness-of-fit indices supported a three-factor model highlighting motivational factors related to negative affect, social avoidance and attention-seeking. The results showed a negative relationship between trait anxiety and school attendance that was mediated by social avoidance and attention-seeking. We suggested that a consideration of motivating factors is important to understand and address anxiety-related non-attendance in young people

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Richards, Helen J. and Hadwin, Julie A. (2011) An exploration of the relationship between trait anxiety and school attendance in young people School Mental Health, 3, (4), pp. 236-244. (doi:10.1007/s12310-011-9054-9).

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Published date: December 2011

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Local EPrints ID: 204909
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/204909
ISSN: 1866-2625
PURE UUID: a740ffbc-f298-40db-8d4b-31b9e7aa389d

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Date deposited: 05 Dec 2011 11:08
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:05

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Author: Helen J. Richards
Author: Julie A. Hadwin

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