Harvard Health Blog
School refusal: When a child won't go to school
By: Julia Martin Burch, PhD, Contributor The transition back to school each fall is challenging for many families. But some children and teens feel so much emotional distress that they may repeatedly balk at attending school or staying there — a problem known as school refusal, or school avoidance if it occurs consistently. Ways to identify school refusal and tips on responding to it quickly are described below. What is school refusal?