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Truancy/Dropping Out of School

Truancy is clear warning that adolescents may drop out of school. It is often the first indicator that they are giving up and losing their way. When skipping school, they are telling their par- ents, school officials, and the community at large that they are in trouble and need help if they are to keep moving forward in life.

Adolescents who become truant and eventually drop out of school put themselves at a long term disadvantage in becoming productive citizens. High school dropouts are much more likely to be on welfare, unemployed or have lower incomes than high school graduates. Adolescents who become truant and eventually drop out of high school too often set themselves up for a life of struggle.

Truancy is not just the result of adolescents deciding that it would be more fun not to go to school on occasion. Chronic truancy can be related to a number of family and personal factors including:

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Drug and alcohol abuse Victimization including being the subject of bullying Mental health issues Poor academic performance Family difficulties at home Teenage pregnancy Boredom in the classroom Ineffective teaching staff Need to work due to low family income

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