Sažetak Modern phenomenon of school absences has become a research topic of many researches. The focus of the researches is to detect the reasons why the students skip classes, where they spend their time after school, indicate risk and protection factors, and investigate the infl uence of nonattendance on overall success in school. This paper reveals some of the most important reasons for skipping classes, as indicated by the students themselves. The research was conducted within a comprehensive doctorate research that included 560 respondents and a great number of variables related to risk factors of school absences. The author indicates the risk factors related to school and peer groups. One of the reasons why the research of this phenomenon should be adequately
valorized is that the time the students spend when skipping classes is uncontrolled. Almost all researches show that in such situations the students are inclined to consume drugs and other substances. Therefore, one part of the research analyzes the places where the students spend the time when skipping classes, and the results show that they mostly spend it in bars. Frequent and deliberate class skipping is one of the indicators of possible deviant behavior, so the research of this phenomenon is both signifi cant and justifi ed.