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Related to school refusal: school phobia
Aetiology Separation anxiety, social anxiety, or depression, which may be accompanied by undiagnosed learning disabilities or reading disorders
school refusalPsychiatry An anxiety disorder affecting schoolchildren who, for various reasons, avoid attending school. See Psychogenic seizure.
school phobia, school refusal
A child's avoidance of school, often through the simulation of physical ailments. It is considered to be a form of separation anxiety rather than truancy.