Improving school attendance by enhancing communication among stakeholders: establishment of the International Network for School Attendance (INSA)

  • David HeyneEmail author
  • Carolyn Gentle-Genitty
  • Malin Gren Landell
  • Glenn Melvin
  • Brian Chu
  • Marie Gallé-Tessonneau
  • Kristin Gärtner Askeland
  • Carolina Gonzálvez
  • Trude Havik
  • Jo Magne Ingul
  • Daniel Bach Johnsen
  • Gil Keppens
  • Martin Knollmann
  • Aaron R. Lyon
  • Naoki Maeda
  • Volker Reissner
  • Floor Sauter
  • Wendy K. Silverman
  • Mikael Thastum
  • Bruce J. Tonge
  • Christopher A. Kearney
Letter to the Editor


The newly established International Network for School Attendance (INSA) works to promote school attendance, reduce absenteeism, and resolve school attendance problems (SAPs). Our motivation for establishing INSA stems from the knowledge that school attendance offers innumerable benefits to children and adolescents (hereafter referred to as youth) and that sub-optimal attendance holds many liabilities.

The importance of school attendance will be obvious to readers of this journal. School environments can positively influence youths’ social development and their mental and physical health [1]. School prepares youth for successful transition to adulthood [2], including economic and social participation in the community [3]. When youth are at school, they have access to academic, practical, and social–emotional learning opportunities. School attendance also provides shared socialisation experiences in cultural traditions and values of countries. This is facilitated via the...


International Network for School Attendance School attendance School absenteeism School attendance problem Consensus Stakeholders Dissemination Implementation 



The authors thank the following organisations for their financial support of the Lorentz Center Workshop: The Lorentz Center; Indiana University School of Social Work; Leiden University Institute of Psychology; The Leiden University Fund; Aarhus University Department of Psychology.

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Conflict of interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Heyne
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carolyn Gentle-Genitty
    • 2
  • Malin Gren Landell
    • 3
  • Glenn Melvin
    • 4
  • Brian Chu
    • 5
  • Marie Gallé-Tessonneau
    • 6
  • Kristin Gärtner Askeland
    • 7
  • Carolina Gonzálvez
    • 8
  • Trude Havik
    • 9
  • Jo Magne Ingul
    • 10
  • Daniel Bach Johnsen
    • 11
  • Gil Keppens
    • 12
  • Martin Knollmann
    • 13
  • Aaron R. Lyon
    • 14
  • Naoki Maeda
    • 15
  • Volker Reissner
    • 13
  • Floor Sauter
    • 16
  • Wendy K. Silverman
    • 17
  • Mikael Thastum
    • 11
  • Bruce J. Tonge
    • 18
  • Christopher A. Kearney
    • 19
  1. 1.Leiden University Institute of PsychologyLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Indiana University School of Social WorkIndianapolisUSA
  3. 3.Department of EducationNorrköping City CouncilNorrköpingSweden
  4. 4.Deakin University School of PsychologyBurwoodAustralia
  5. 5.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  6. 6.Universite de BordeauxBordeauxFrance
  7. 7.NORCE Norwegian Research Centre ASBergenNorway
  8. 8.University of AlicanteAlicanteSpain
  9. 9.University of StavangerStavangerNorway
  10. 10.Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  11. 11.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  12. 12.Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  13. 13.Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics, and PsychotherapyUniversity Hospital Essen, University of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  14. 14.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  15. 15.Kyushu University of Health and WelfareNobeokaJapan
  16. 16.De Banjaard-YouzKamperlandThe Netherlands
  17. 17.Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  18. 18.Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  19. 19.University of NevadaLas VegasUSA

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