Absentee Children: A Quantitative Analysis of Some Characteristics of Children and Families Referred to the Case Study Training Unit “A” of the Bureau of Attendance, New York City, 1953 – 1959
Social workers and society have moved away from the "truant cop?" era of school attendance into a view of seeing truancy as symptomatic of a basic distortion of personality and disorganization of family and community. To approach the problem of school absenteeism with this aim is difficult. Treatment of personality and of attitudinal defects is seldom rapid or dramatic. The absentee child may not be returned to regular attendance at once. However, if treatment is geared to the above concept, the results may prove much more beneficial for the school child of today and the adult of tomorrow. Problems of family disorganization, disinterest, or disunity; parental inadequacy and distortion; community or cultural mores which foster a deprecating attitude toward education; are some of the problems with which society is confronted. Attendance teachers with overwhelming case loads find it almost impossible to work consistently and intensively with these individually destructive child, family, and community problems.
Social work|Education|Social studies education|Individual & family studies
Hirschberg, Shirlee, "Absentee Children: A Quantitative Analysis of Some Characteristics of Children and Families Referred to the Case Study Training Unit “A” of the Bureau of Attendance, New York City, 1953 – 1959" (1960). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30725071.