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Korean parents’ perceptions of the challenges and needs on school re-entry during or after childhood and adolescent cancer: a multi-institutional survey by Korean Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

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Author(s)
Jun Ah LeeJae Min LeeHyeon Jin ParkMeerim ParkByung Kiu ParkHee Young JuJi Yoon KimSang Kyu ParkYoung Ho LeeYe Jee ShimHeung Sik KimKyung Duk ParkYeon-Jung LimHee Won ChuehJi Kyoung ParkSoon Ki KimHyoung Soo ChoiHyo Seop AhnJeong Ok HahHyoung Jin KangHee Young ShinMee Jeong Lee
Publication Year
2020
Keyword
School re-entryChildhood cancerParents
Abstract
Background:
For children and adolescents with cancer, going back to school is a key milestone in returning to “normal life.”

Purpose:
To identify the support vital for a successful transition, we evaluated the parents’ needs and the challenges they face when their children return to school.

Methods:
This multi-institutional study was conducted by the Korean Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. The written survey comprised 24 questions and was completed by 210 parents without an interviewer.

Results:
Most parents (165 of 206) reported that their children experienced difficulties with physical status (n=60), peer relationships (n=30), academic performance (n=27), emotional/behavioral issues (n=11), and relationships with teachers (n=4) on reentering school. Parents wanted to be kept informed about and remain involved in their children’s school lives and reported good parent-teacher communication (88 of 209, 42.1%). Parents reported that 83.1% and 44.9% of teachers and peers, respectively, displayed an adequate understanding of their children’s condition. Most parents (197 of 208) answered that a special program is necessary to facilitate return to school after cancer therapy that offers emotional support (n=85), facilitates social adaptation (n=61), and provides tutoring to accelerate catch up (n=56), and continued health care by hospital outreach and school personnel (n=50).

Conclusion:
In addition to scholastic aptitude-oriented programs, emotional and psychosocial support is necessary for a successful return to school. Pediatric oncologists should actively improve oncology practices to better integrate individualized school plans and educate peers and teachers to improve health literacy to aid them in understanding the needs of children with cancer.
Alternative Title
Korean parents’ perceptions of the challenges and needs on school re-entry during or after childhood and adolescent cancer: a multi-institutional survey by Korean Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Department
Dept. of Pediatrics (소아청소년학)
Publisher
School of Medicine (의과대학)
Citation
Clinical and Experimental Pediatrics, Vol.63(4) : 141-145, 2020
Type
Article
ISSN
2713-4148
DOI
10.3345/kjp.2019.00696
URI
http://kumel.medlib.dsmc.or.kr/handle/2015.oak/42669
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