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Adolescent girls’ experiences of school following treatment for a brain tumour : an interpretative phenomenological analysis approach

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posted on 2014-10-09, 11:40 authored by Alexandra Mary Angela Gaskill
Literature Review : Contemporary qualitative evidence exploring the adjustment experiences of young people treated for a brain tumour was synthesised. A systematic search of the literature was undertaken and eight papers met the criteria for inclusion in the review. A thematic synthesis of the findings revealed two superordinate themes: (a) no longer playing well; and (b) mastering the game of life. The findings from the review demonstrated the range and extent of difficulties experienced by survivors. However, the survivors showed resilience in adapting to the effects of their illness and developed a number of effective coping strategies. The findings also suggested that some survivors may experience post-traumatic growth. The review highlighted the need for multidisciplinary support and liaison between healthcare services and schools. Further implications for clinical practice and directions for future research are considered. Research Report : Young people’s experiences of reintegrating into school following treatment for a brain tumour were explored using an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) approach. Four girls (ages 14 to 16) were interviewed and the transcripts were analysed. Three superordinate themes emerged across the cases, relating to experiences of identity, relationships and reengaging with schoolwork. The subthemes retained the complexity of how these overarching themes were experienced differently for the individuals. The present study provided insight into the lived experiences of these young people as they returned to school following treatment for a brain tumour. The study highlighted the challenging nature of this experience, and implications for future research and clinical practice are discussed. Critical Appraisal : The processes involved in conducting a research project are discussed reflectively in the critical appraisal section. This includes personal reflections, a critique of the research, and a consideration of future research opportunities.



Bonas, Sheila

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School of Psychology

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University of Leicester

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  • Doctoral

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  • DClinPsy



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