• Maria Alina Breaz PhD, “Aurel Vlaicu” University, Arad


school children; primary school; absenteeism; social work counseling.


Abstract: Absenteeism is a major problem that affects all levels of the education system from primary to university. Chronic absenteeism leads to gaps in knowledge and difficulties in obtaining adequate school performance.

Two third classes from a general school in Arad were studied: an experimental one and a control one. In the experimental class the children with absenteeism were advised by the social worker for 2 months. At the same time there were five counseling sessions with their parents and a program of interest stimulation for the school was introduced to the class.

The obtained results confirm that by the assistance counseling the number of absences of the children can be reduced and the chronic absenteeism can be prevented.


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