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Research project International Comparative Perspectives on School Attendance Problems

The purpose of this study is to investigate national, organisational and individual dimensions of school attendance problems (SAP) among 15 to 17-year-olds in Sweden, the UK, Germany and Japan.

The project uses a mixed method approach combining quantitative analysis of large-scale data on the national level with qualitative case studies on the organisational and individual level.

1.    What can national and international comparative statistics contribute to our understanding of SAP among adolescents in Sweden, the UK, Germany and Japan?
2.    What can we understand about SAP and its prevention from the perspective of professionals working with student health in these countries?
3.    How can we understand the situation of individuals who belong to certain risk groups and the adolescents perspectives on schooling and (lack of) social support in these countries?


Project description

This project will combine inclusion as a normative perspective, reflecting socio-political ambitions and aims to reform school practices, with intersectionality as a theoretical and analytical lens. It will open up the internationally well-developed research field on school non-attendance to the Swedish audience and provide knowledge that can guide school leaders or student health teams in their preventive work. The project will contribute to the understanding of SAP by diversifying what is often generalized as international perspectives on SAP.

Project members

Project managers

Susanne Kreitz-Sandberg


Department of Education


Åsa Backlund


Department of Social Work
Åsa Backlund. Foto: Rickard Kihlström

Joakim Isaksson

Universitetslektor, docent

Department of Social Work
Joakim Isaksson. Foto: Vilhelm Stokstad

Ulf Fredriksson


Department of Education
Ulf Fredriksson

Malin Gren Landell


Department of Education

Maria Rasmusson

Universitetslektor / Associate professor

Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier, Uppsala universitet
Maria Rasmusson, Uppsala universitet

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