What is it about?

Truancy is a gateway behavior that can lead youth to risky and criminal behaviors. Hence, it is essential to identify specific youth assets that protect youth from truancy. This research presents the prospective associations between youth assets and truancy within the family structure.

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Why is it important?

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting move to online learning has made it difficult for school personnel to build and maintain relationships with students, likely resulting in a reduced perception of school connectedness for youth. As the pandemic ends and students return to in-person learning, schools should devote additional time to activities that promote the school environment, such as group discussions, mentoring programs, and hosting father-student and mother-student activities to encourage parent involvement.


We hope this article serves as a resource focused on school-based implementation strategies and interventions to prevent or reduce truancy among adolescents living in one-parent and two-parent households.

Louisiana M. Sanchez
University of Nevada Reno

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This page is a summary of: Prospective Associations Between Youth Assets and Truancy Within the Context of Family Structure, Journal of School Health, December 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/josh.13128.
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