Childhood cancers are commonly diagnosed and treated at an age when thinking skills and social skills are rapidly developing. Cancer treatment and extended absence from school can disrupt normal social development, which can lead to lifelong difficulties in forming lasting and successful friendships or romantic relationships.
What does this study aim to achieve?
The Reconnect study aims to discover what factors might predict social difficulties after childhood cancer, as well as identify what specific social skills may be impacted by a diagnosis of childhood cancer. We are also conducting research to understand the preferences of survivors, parents and teachers regarding future social skills interventions for survivors (e.g., online vs. face-to-face, number of sessions, timing of intervention relative to treatment). We hope to use this information to inform the development of a social skills intervention specifically for survivors of childhood cancer.
Would you like to be involved?
For more information, please contact:
- Study Coordinator: Ms. Clarissa Schilstra
- Chief Investigator: Dr. Joanna Fardell
How is this study supported?
This study is funded by Cancer Council New South Wales and the The Kids Cancer Project.