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The peer relationships of primary school pupils with poor attendance records

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Abstract:

The research study presented in this article was conducted because of the surprising paucity of research findings on the effect of significant absence from primary school on peer relationships. Participants in the study were Year 6 pupils, 140 of whom had attendance records of 80% or less in both Years 2 and 6. Of the 140, 133 were matched with those with better attendance records in the same class, of the same gender and born in the same season of the year. As revealed by sociometry conducted in 89 classes, the poor attenders were found to make and to receive fewer friendship choices than those with better attendance records. The question as to whether poor attendance is a result or a cause of having fewer friends is discussed and consideration is given to intervention issues.

Keywords: empirical study; peer relationships; primary school; school attendance; sociometry

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03055698.2010.510240

Affiliations: School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

Publication date: May 1, 2011

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