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J Sch Nurs. 2016 Aug;32(4):281-93. doi: 10.1177/1059840516635711. Epub 2016 Mar 23.

Types and Influence of Social Support on School Engagement of Young Survivors of Leukemia.

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Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada.


The present study aimed to describe and explore the influence of social support on the school engagement of young survivors of pediatric leukemia. Fifty-three young Quebecers, previously diagnosed and treated for leukemia, completed a questionnaire measuring their school engagement and participated in an interview focusing on the support offered by four groups of relations with regard to school: parents, siblings, friends, and other nonprofessional relations. The interview responses revealed that parents were perceived to be the primary source of informational and emotional support, with support also provided to a lesser extent by friends, siblings, and members of the extended family. Inferential analyses indicated that young survivors report a higher school engagement score when they perceive themselves as receiving support from a greater number of groups of relations, especially from friends or siblings.


leukemia; pediatric oncology; psychosocial aspects of cancer survivorship; school engagement; school nursing; social support

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