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  • noun a child's sudden fear of attending school


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  • B.B.C.: 'There is a recognition among psychologists and other education professionals that school phobia/school refusal covers a range of different problems.

    'Some of the younger sufferers can be diagnosed as having "separation anxiety", leaving them distressed at parting from their parents at the school gate. But some psychologists say this is more about refusal, not phobia - a true school phobic will experience a reaction even if their parents are present.

    '"Other children could be classified as having a social phobia to do with performance aspects of school - reading out loud or changing for PE," says Mr Blagg.'

    November 20, 2009