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A Swedish nationwide population-based register study of children treated for a brain tumor and their grades from year 9 in practical and aesthetic subjects
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4027-8053
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.
2019 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background

Children treated for a brain tumor are at high risk of experiencing neurocognitive, physical and psychosocial late effects which can all negatively affect school performance. Previous studies concerning school grades from year 9 have mainly focused on theoretical subjects, such as native and foreign language as well as mathematics. This has revealed that children treated for a brain tumor are at risk of lower school grades compared to controls. Grades in different practical and aesthetic subjects have been investigated to a very limited extent although the syllabuses for these school subjects train skills that are important to strengthen social, physical, aesthetic, and practical skills, of children. Those subjects may also possibly affect some of the late effects as well as the psychological strain of the diagnosis and treatment.

Methods

We identified 475 children with available grades from year nine, born between 1988 and 1996, and diagnosed with a brain tumor before their 15th birthday. We used chi-square tests to compare their grades with the grades from 2,197 matched controls in the subjects ‘Home and consumer studies’, ‘Physical education and health’, ‘Art’, ‘Crafts’ and ‘Music’.

Results

The preliminary results show that children treated for a brain tumor received a lower grade or failed in one or more subject to a significantly higher extent than controls in all the assessed subjects except in ‘Art’. Females were more affected than males in most subjects compared to their controls, although they still had the highest grade to a greater extent than males in all subjects except in ‘Physical education and health’.

Conclusions

As many children treated for a brain tumor seem to be at risk of lower grades or failing in the practical and aesthetic subjects, individualized support should be provided due to the benefits of these school subjects.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Special Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-180179OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-180179DiVA, id: diva2:1415728
Conference
SIOP 2019, The 51th Congress of the “Société Internationale d’Oncologie Pédiatrique”, Lyon, France, October 23-26, 2019
Available from: 2020-03-19 Created: 2020-03-19 Last updated: 2020-04-02

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