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J Sch Nurs. 2014 Oct;30(5):376-84. doi: 10.1177/1059840513506942. Epub 2013 Sep 27.

Determination of school-related problems in children treated for cancer.

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1
Nursing Department, Health Sciences Faculty, Izmir Katip Celebi University, Izmir, Turkey medine1974@hotmail.com.
2
Nursing Department, Health Sciences Faculty, Izmir Katip Celebi University, Izmir, Turkey.
3
Pediatric Oncology Department, Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey.
4
Child Psychiatric Department, Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey.

Abstract

This descriptive and case-control study was carried out in a pediatric oncology outpatient clinic to determine the school-related physical, social, and psychological problems and problems experienced in academic achievement of children treated for cancer. The sample of the study consisted of 56 Turkish patients with cancer, aged 7-18 years, who were in remission and attending school as well as their parents, a control group of patients who did not have cancer, and their teachers. A Child Information Form, a Child Health Questionnaire Parent's Form of 50 questions, a Behavior Evaluation Scale for Children, and Young People and a Teacher's Report Form were used as data collection tools in the study. Of the children, 30.3% experienced various physical difficulties stemming from cancer therapy that affected their school life. The number of late enrollments, the number of children repeating a grade, and the rates of school absenteeism were also found to be higher in the survivors than in the controls.

KEYWORDS:

academic achievement/attendance; chronic diseases; coordinated school health program; middle/junior/high school

PMID:
24076657
DOI:
10.1177/1059840513506942
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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