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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 318-323

School Dropouts: Examining the Space of Reasons

1 Consultant Psychiatrist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sussex, United Kingdom
2 Department of Psychiatry, Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala, India

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Arun N. R Kishore
Consultant Psychiatrist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sussex
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.108201

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Background: Dropping out of school is a worldwide phenomenon with drastic mental health consequences for children, families and society. Aim and Materials & Methods: This study examines school dropouts in one district in Kerala with an emphasis on looking at multiple reasons for the problem. Results: The most common "reason" was various Physical disorders (80, 21.8%) followed by Mental Retardation (77, 20.9%). Child labour (Employment) came last (30, 8.1%) as a "reason" while financial issues constituted 50 (13.6%). Family issues accounted for 63 (17.1%) and School-related issues 68 (18.5%). Conclusion: This study highlights the need to examine a space of reasons for this phenomenon with active involvement and coordination of multiple agencies to examine and support getting children back to school and prevent dropouts.

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