Chronic absence (i.e., missing 10 percent or more of school in a given year) contributes to declines in students’ academic performance. Because most school districts don’t collect or report data on chronic absenteeism, it’s difficult to gauge the full scope of the problem.
Promote Prevent Perspectives
An international team of researchers, whose work was published in a recent issue of Perspectives on Psychology, has sought to define and understand boredom. Considered by most a trivial nuisance, chronic boredom, they explain, can have serious health and wellness consequences. Boredom has been linked with poor impulse control, which can lead to drug and alcohol abuse and other problem behaviors. It is also correlated with mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety.
Promote Prevent Perspectives is a new way for the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention to stay in touch with the people we serve and to reach out to individuals and organizations that share a common concern for the well-being of children.
Our goal is to help schools and communities create safe, healthy places where children learn, play, and grow. We will regularly post news, the latest research, and practical advice from our experts on a wide variety of child and youth wellness and education topics, including: