A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review
Miksi yläkoululainen on poissa koulusta? : integroiva kirjallisuuskatsaus koulupoissaolotyyppeihin liittyvistä yksilö- ja ympäristötekijöistä (2022)
Why does a lower secondary school pupil not attend school? : an integrative literature review of individual and contextual factors related to school attendance types

Pelkonen, J., Kiuru, N., & Virtanen, T. (2022). Miksi yläkoululainen on poissa koulusta? : integroiva kirjallisuuskatsaus koulupoissaolotyyppeihin liittyvistä yksilö- ja ympäristötekijöistä. Kasvatus, 53(3), 287-303. https://doi.org/10.33348/kvt.120236

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editorsPelkonen, Jenni; Kiuru, Noona; Virtanen, Tuomo

Journal or seriesKasvatus



Publication year2022

Publication date20/06/2022


Issue number3

Pages range287-303

PublisherKoulutuksen tutkimuslaitos

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish


Persistent website addresshttps://journal.fi/kasvatus/article/view/120236

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessDelayed open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/83922

Additional informationArtikkeli avautuu journal.fi-palvelussa 12 kk ilmestymisen jälkeen.


The aim of this integrative literature review is to identify individual (such as mental health, learning difficulties) and contextual factors (such as parenthood, school) that relate to lower secondary school students’ school attendance problems (SAP) types (school refusal, truancy, school withdrawal, school exclusion). Relevant studies were retrieved from the ERIC, PsycInfo and Web of Science databases, and 53 articles were selected for the review. Truancy was the most studied SAP type (68 % of studies), followed by school exclusion (16 %) and school refusal (14 %). School withdrawal was the least studied (2 %) SAP type. Several individual and contextual factors were associated with the SAP types. Of the individual factors mental health problems and of the contextual factors low parental support, being bullied and school climate problems were associated with school refusal, truancy, and school exclusion.

Keywordsupper comprehensive school pupilsschool attendanceabsencesrefusaltruancycausesdomestic environmentschool environmentparentsfriendspeer relationshipsschool bullyingmental health problems

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating2

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