Mapping inequalities in school attendance: the relationship between different dimensions of socioeconomic status and forms of school absence

Markus Klein, Edward Sosu, Shadrach Dare

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In this paper, we investigated whether and to what extent dimensions of socioeconomic background (parental education,parental class, free school meal registration, housing status, and neighborhood deprivation) predict overall school absences and different reasons for missing school (truancy, sickness, family holidays and temporary exclusion) among 4,620 secondary pupils in Scotland. Participants were drawn from a sample of the Scottish Longitudinal Study comprising linked Census data and administrative school records. Using fractional logit models and logistic regressions, we found that all dimensions of socioeconomic background were uniquely linked to overall absences. Multiple measures of socioeconomic background were also associated with truancy, sickness-related absence and temporary exclusion. Social housing and parental education had the most pervasive effect across these forms of absenteeism.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCharlottesville, Virginia
Number of pages43
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2020


  • school absences
  • school attendance
  • truancy
  • school suspension
  • socioeconimc status
  • inequality

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