Date of Award

7-1-2004

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Naomi T. Ward

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard Lyle

Third Advisor

Dr. William Woone

Abstract

Truancy has become a major problem for many schools in the United States. Many states have adopted truancy laws and programs to help combat this growing problem. The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of two interventions used to address attendance problems and to assess their effectiveness among elementary school truants. The sample population was taken from the System Administration Student Information (SASI) report of three elementary schools in the Atlanta Public School System. SASI reports from the 2002-2003 school year were compared to the SASI report of the 2003-2004 school year. The hypothesis that notifying parents of students with truancy during the 2002-2003 academic year, along with sending them a copy of the Georgia Compulsory Attendance Law, will have a positive effect on truant behaviors and attendance patterns during the 2003-2004 school year was supported by the findings.

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