Literature Review

Initiative Description: A systematic review of the literature on evaluative studies of truancy interventions. The initial search used the databases of WebSPIRS, including the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) Database. Eight studies used group comparison designs and eight studies used one-group pretest/posttest designs

Study Results: Examples of interventions with direct application to students were highlighted in several studies showing the beneficial effects of using positive and negative contingency management to improve attendance. Employing interventions using token economies, tangible rewards, behavioral contracting, group guidance, and a parental notification appeared to be effective at the high school level.

Reference: Sutphen, R.D., Ford, J.P., Flaherty, C. (2010)Truancy Interventions: A Review of the Research Literature

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good