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A controlled study of peer relationships of children surviving brain tumors: teacher, peer, and self ratings.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9782676     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the behavioral reputation and peer acceptance of children diagnosed and treated for brain tumors. METHOD: Twenty-eight children surviving brain tumors (8-18 years of age) were compared to 28 nonchronically ill, same classroom, same gender comparison peers (COMP). Peer, teacher, and self-report data were collected. RESULTS: Relative to COMP, children who had been diagnosed with brain tumors received fewer friendship nominations from clasmates and were described by peer, teacher, and self-report as socially isolated. Although they were no longer receiving therapy for their disease, peers perceived brain tumor survivors as being sick, more fatigued, and often absent from school. CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that children surviving brain tumors are at risk for social difficulties even after treatment ends, although the specific cause(s) for this vulnerability were not investigated in the current study.
K Vannatta; M A Gartstein; A Short; R B Noll
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric psychology     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0146-8693     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pediatr Psychol     Publication Date:  1998 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-12-07     Completed Date:  1998-12-07     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801773     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  279-87     Citation Subset:  IM    
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Neoplasms / psychology*
Interpersonal Relations*
Peer Group*
Self Concept
Sick Role
Social Adjustment
Sociometric Techniques*
Survivors / psychology*

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