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Truancy Reduction: Keeping Students in School
(NCJ 188947) September 2001
Bulletin, 16 page(s)
Baker, M. L., Sigmon, J. N., Nugent, M. E.
Highlights major research findings regarding the problem of truancy and illustrates why communities should work to prevent and reduce its incidence. Chronic truancy has long been identified as a key predictor for negative outcomes in education, employment, and social success. Truancy has been linked to serious delinquent activity in youth and to significant negative behavior and characteristics in adults, including substance abuse, gang activity, burglary, auto theft, and vandalism. This Bulletin discusses two programs—Abolish Chronic Truancy (ACT) Now and OJJDP's Truancy Reduction Demonstration Program—that have worked to intervene with chronic truants, address the root causes of truancy, and stop youth's progression from truancy into more serious and violent behaviors.
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