Social competence in pediatric brain tumor survivors: application of a model from social neuroscience and developmental psychology.

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This article has been peer reviewed. It was published in: Pediatric Blood and Cancer.

Volume 62, Issue 3, 1 March 2015, Pages 375-384.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1002/pbc.25300

Copyright © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Pediatric brain tumor (BT) survivors are at risk for psychosocial late effects across many domains of functioning, including neurocognitive and social. The literature on the social competence of pediatric BT survivors is still developing and future research is needed that integrates developmental and cognitive neuroscience research methodologies to identify predictors of survivor social adjustment and interventions to ameliorate problems. This review discusses the current literature on survivor social functioning through a model of social competence in childhood brain disorder and suggests future directions based on this model. Interventions pursuing change in survivor social adjustment should consider targeting social ecological factors.

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