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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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SANTOS, Salomé Vieira. School context in children with nephrotic syndrome and celiac disease: teachers perceptions in specific areas. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2000, vol.1, n.1, pp.89-99. ISSN 1645-0086.

This study is part of a larger one that addresses the impact of Nephrotic Syndrome and Celiac Disease in infancy. The author aims to assess the perceptions of teachers towards children in specific areas of school context. Two questionnaires were used. One, constructed to respond to this particular aim, integrates contents such as child school adaptation, reaction of the teachers to the disease, and probable interference of the disease either in peers and teachers relationship with the child, and in school performance. The second questionnaire addresses the child behavior at school. The sample of the original study was composed by three groups, each one with 27 children (6 to 10 years old): G1 - Nephrotic Syndrome, G2 - Celiac Disease, G3 - Control Group. However, in the present study the number of children with disease about whom it was possible to obtain teachers’ information is smaller: G1 - n=21, G2 - n=18. The results show that groups with disease are significantly different in some of the contents evaluated, namely school adaptation and integration in class, interference of disease on school performance, and in some aspects of the teacher relationship with the child. The distinct characteristics of the two diseases, namely severity and control demands, may contribute to the different perceptions of teachers in the referred areas.

Keywords : Pediatric psychology; Nephrotic syndrome; Celiac disease; Children; Teachers.

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