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04 September 2018

The risk and time preferences of young truants and their parents

This research uses a randomised intervention of anti-truancy police-school partnership program to study the role of preferences of parents and adolescents in school attendance decisions. In the Ability School Engagement Program (ASEP), police and local schools in Queensland worked together in a structured partnership to better engage truanting young people in school and reduce anti-social behaviour. The research found that while the intervention improved self-control in parents, there was no evidence of it affecting the preferences of truanting adolescents nor the time and risk preferences of the parents. Furthermore, the intervention was most effective for students with more risk averse parents.