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Absenteeism

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Absenteeism

chronic absence from work or other duty. A behavioural occurrence where the parents of offspring leave the offspring to 'fend for themselves'. The parent may occasionally return to provide some support and check up on their vulnerable offspring. This is done so that the young can adapt quickly to their harsh environment and learn to support themselves, exceeding the support provided by these less than accommodating parents.