The Effects of Truancy on High School Students
1.1 Statement of Problem
Truancy is defined as an unexcused absence. It is a common problem facing nearly all high schools across the nation (Baker, Sigmon, & Nugent 2001 p.1). High school truants contribute to many consequences both to themselves and community. According to Garry (n.d.), many police departments report that daytime crime rates are rising in the part because students are committing crimes instead of going to class. According to the report of the U.S Department of Justice Bulletin, “truancy can lead to potential criminal activity, social isolation, and educational failure” (Baker, Sigmon, & Nugent 2001 p.2). Moreover, Truancy indicates high risk for drop-out and failure to graduate, as well as a risk factor for delinquency (Cahill & Limberman 2012, p.1).
1.2 Research Purpose and Research Question
The purpose of this study is to unveil some evidences either to contradict or back our assumption that when high school students play truancy, there will be several consequences hindering them from getting success in their academic performance as well as leading them into delinquency. We believe that Truancy can lead to low academic performance and delinquency. All in all, this research will examine the effects of truancy on high school students in order to alert those high school truants to stop playing truancy or to get sense of fear when they do this. Besides, this research aims to raise awareness of schools and parents to form policy to stop their children as well as their students from doing this.
The questions in this research are:
1. How does truancy affect the achievement level of high school students? 2. How does truancy lead high school students to delinquency? 3. How does truancy affect to the relationship between high school truants and community? 4. How do high school students feel after facing those effects? 5. To what extent are they aware...
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