Social adaptation of children with cancer after prolonged treatment



The article is an overview of foreign studies on the socialization of children with cancer in medical history. Studies show that the presence of cancer diagnosis is the strongest stress factor for the child, as well as his long-term hospitalization, painful medical procedures, asthenization, emotional deprivation, separation from the usual lifestyle and close relatives. All this negatively affects the psychological state of the child and his reintegration into society after a long-term treatment. Particular attention is paid to publications about the difficulties a child faces when returning to society. They show that children with cancer (cured or in the state of remission) have difficulties in social interaction, learning problems, cognitive difficulties, which can lead to emotional disorders. The studies aimed at assessing the family situation of children with cancer have been analyzed. The article also describes potential strategies aimed at preventing and correcting social maladjustment of children as well as at psychological support of children with cancer and their families.

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Keywords: children, oncology, social adaptation, reintegration

Journal rubric: Medical Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Kurtanova Yu.E., Burdukova Y.A., Shcherbakova A.M., Shchukina V.D., Ivanova A.A. Social adaptation of children with cancer after prolonged treatment [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2020. Vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 127–138. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2020090312. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Yulia E. Kurtanova, PhD in Psychology, Head of the Department of Special Psychology and Rehabilitation, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Yulia A. Burdukova, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor? chair of Differential Psychology and Psychophysiology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Anna M. Shcherbakova, PhD in Education, Senior Researcher, Leading Researcher, Professor, Chair of Special Psychology and Rehabilitation, Department of Clinical and Special Psychology, Moscow State Univerity of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Varvara D. Shchukina, PhD Student, Chair of Special Psychology and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Clinical and Special Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Aleksandra A. Ivanova, Graduate Student, Chair of Special Psychology and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Clinical and Special Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Educational psychologist, Cambridge International School, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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