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This multiple case study investigated perspectives of childhood brain tumor survivors on reintegration into school over a 2-year period. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 5 children at 3 times to obtain an extensive view of their overall school experience. Thematic analysis of data resulted in 4 themes: "school life and participation," "peer relations and friendships," "performance and difficulties," and "support and follow-up." Childhood brain tumor survivors consider school attendance as part of a normal disease-free life. Social contact and friendships represent their main motivating factors for returning to school. Attitudes and feelings regarding performance, difficulties, and support vary among survivors and change over time. In conclusion, continuity in learning and social contact established before the return facilitate the reintegration process. A comprehensive assessment of their academic and psychosocial functioning should be organized on reentry. Systematic follow-up by parents, school staff, and health professionals throughout the child's school career is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalGlobal pediatric health
Volume6
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Publication statusPublished - 2019

ID: 47072897