Literature Review

Initiative Description: A comprehensive search process was used to find eligible randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental studies assessing the effects of psychosocial treatments on anxiety or attendance outcomes. Six psychosocial treatments and two medication plus psychosocial treatments for school refusal were analyzed.

Study Results: All six psychosocial treatment studies and both medication studies assessed effects on attendance. The mean effect size at posttest of the six psychosocial studies was g= 0.54 (95% CI ¼ [0.22, 0.86], p ¼ .00), demonstrating a positive and significant effect

Reference: Maynard, B. R. (2010). The absence of presence: A systematic review and meta-analysis of indicated interventions to increase student attendance (Order No. 3433165). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (823510871)

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good