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Anxiety disorder impacting school children who, for different purposes, refrain from going to school; 1 in 4 children will sometimes decline to go to school. This conduct evolves into a regular issue in approximately 2% of children. May be correlated to separation anxiety, social anxiety, or depression, which might be coupled with undiagnosed learning disabilities or reading problems. Also known as: school avoidance; school phobia; school truancy. See: truancy.

SCHOOL REFUSAL: "My daughter started to practice school refusal in the first grade."

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