Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Morris, Teresa

Second Advisor

McCaslin, Rosemary


The focus of this study was to gain an understanding of truancy. Familial factors are frequently blamed for attendance issues, but research shows that the reasons for truancy are oftentimes more complex. The study was conducted using the constructivist paradigm, and key stakeholders were interviewed to discuss their experience with truancy. The study's findings will influence social work practice by providing guidance to create effective truancy programs in San Bernardino. The study site for this research project was the San Bernardino Public Defender's Office. The research project was conducted in the Juvenile Division of the office. The participants were selected using a maximum variation sampling strategy.