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Pediatric Patients Treated for Leukemia Back to School: A Mixed-Method Analysis of Narratives about Daily Life and Illness Experience

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Department of Developmental and Social Psychology, University of Padua, Via Venezia, 8 35131-Padova, Italy
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Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant Center, Department of Woman’s and Child’s Health, University of Padua, 35128 Padua, Italy
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Faculty of Education, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Brixen-Bressanone, Viale Ratisbona, 16 39042-Bressanone, Italy
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Behav. Sci. 2020, 10(7), 107; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10070107
Received: 27 May 2020 / Revised: 20 June 2020 / Accepted: 26 June 2020 / Published: 1 July 2020
In the last few years, more children and adolescents healed from leukemia go back to their daily life, even if they can show some psycho-social difficulties. The study adopted semi-structured interviews and a mixed-method approach to examine the narratives of 75 children and adolescents about their return to school post 2-years treatment for leukemia. The aims are to collect their illness experiences, to understand how they feel about school and daily routines and to identify the best socio-demographic and illness predictors of a good re-adaptation to school and daily life. The results show that by increasing age and when the pediatric patient have received a hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, at the stop-therapy time, her/his perception about relationships at school and academic performance decrease, especially if his/her feelings about the disease and follow-up visits are negative. View Full-Text
Keywords: pediatric leukemia; narratives; peer relationships; school re-entry; follow-up perceptions pediatric leukemia; narratives; peer relationships; school re-entry; follow-up perceptions
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Tremolada, M.; Taverna, L.; Bonichini, S.; Pillon, M.; Biffi, A.; Putti, M.C. Pediatric Patients Treated for Leukemia Back to School: A Mixed-Method Analysis of Narratives about Daily Life and Illness Experience. Behav. Sci. 2020, 10, 107.

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