ERIC Number: ED340190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Social Interactions between Children with Cancer or Sickle Cell Disease and Their Peers: Teacher Ratings.
Noll, Robert B.; And Others
This study compared the social reputation of: (1) children with a cancer which did not involve the central nervous system (N=26); (2) children with a primary malignancy involving the central nervous system (N=15); and (3) children with sickle cell disease (N=33) to matched, same classroom peers using a measure of social reputation, the Revised Class Play (RCP). All children were ages 8 to 15. Each child's classroom teacher completed the RCP, which assesses sociability-leadership, aggressive-disruptive, and sensitive-isolated interpersonal qualities. Analysis showed children with cancer were nominated more often for roles on the sociability-leadership dimension and less often for roles on the aggressive-disruptive factor. Brain tumor survivors were nominated more often for sensitive-isolated roles. Children with sickle cell disease were not significantly different from peers. Results suggest that chronic illness per se does not have a negative impact on children's social reputation. The data demonstrated that the stressful life events associated with cancer or sickle cell disease did not have a significant negative impact on school adjustment for school-aged children with these diseases. Includes 29 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, 1991).