Unwillingly to School

Unwillingly to School

School Phobia or School Refusal: A Psychosocial Problem

3rd Edition - January 1, 1981

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  • Authors: Jack H. Kahn, Jean P. Nursten, Howard C. M. Carroll
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483189468

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Unwillingly to School discusses the neurotic problem of a phobic nature which inclines to manifest itself towards the recurring need to pass from home to the socially more structured and demanding environment of school. The book provides a clear and full explanation of the psychoanalytic concept of personality integration, so that such perplexing behavior is better understood. The book deals with topics such as the work of the child guidance team but do not include the individual’s approach of treatment, a comprehensive discussion of behavior therapy, and the role of the school in the causation of the symptoms of school phobia or truancy. One view is that school phobia is the fear of not knowing the condition of the house if the child is away. This concept is look at in detail in the text. It also considers the school regime which may not suit the child and come up with ways to correct this oversight. The book will provide useful information to psychologists, psychiatrists, paediatrician, doctors, students and researchers in the field of child psychology.

Table of Contents

  • Index to Case Histories

    Introduction to the Third Edition

    Introduction to the Second Edition

    Introduction to the First Edition

    Part I. The Psychosocial Problem of School Refusal

    1. An Overview of the Problems of Absence from School:

    Truancy and School Phobia


    School Absenteeism


    School Phobia (or School Refusal)

    Treatment of School Phobia — As a Clinical Problem

    2. Historical Background

    The Research Approach

    The Literature


    Part II. The Facilities for the Treatment of School Refusal

    3. The Education Services

    The Schools

    Characteristics of the Pupils

    Characteristics of the Schools

    Influences Operative at the Primary and/or Secondary School Level

    School Facilities for Dealing with School Refusal

    The Education Welfare Service

    The School Psychological Service

    4. Medical and Clinical Services


    Failure in Treatment

    Clinical Intervention

    Illustrative Cases

    5. Further Related Services

    Incomplete Teams

    Unified Social Services

    The General Practitioner's Role

    The Paediatrician's Role

    6. The Juvenile Court and the Social Services Department

    Pathways to Treatment

    Employers of Social Workers

    The Social Services

    The Juvenile Court

    Juveniles: Court Proceedings Concerning Juveniles and Protection of Them

    The Court and Truants

    The Court and the School Phobic Child

    Part III. Professional Approaches

    7. The Psychopathological Basis of Treatment

    Psychoanalytical Concepts

    Psychoneurotic States

    Character Disorders

    Psychotic-Like States


    8. The Psychodynamic Approach: Psychotherapy and the Psychotherapist

    Child Psychotherapist

    Psychotherapeutic Process

    Frames of Reference

    New Frames of Reference

    9. The Role of the Psychiatrist

    Clinical Duties

    Case Illustration

    Case Discussion

    10. The Role of the Educational Psychologist

    The Contemporary Educational Psychologist


    11. The Social Worker's Role. I: Casework

    Clinical Duties

    The Background to Casework

    Current Situation

    Minor Problems and the Parent's Role

    12. The Social Worker's Role. II: Case Illustration — The Macleods

    Laura Macleod's Case

    Family History

    Casework Treatment

    13. The Need for a Multidisciplinary Approach




Product details

  • No. of pages: 254
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1981
  • Published: January 1, 1981
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483189468

About the Authors

Jack H. Kahn

Jean P. Nursten

Howard C. M. Carroll

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