Introduction to the special section on school-related outcomes and success for youth with chronic medical conditions

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Chronic medical conditions permeate our schools with estimates showing that between 15% and 25% of students present with an ongoing illness or disease. Treatments for the most prevalent of these conditions (e.g., diabetes, epilepsy, cancer, juvenile arthritis, and asthma) include hospitalizations, home treatments, and frequent physician appointments-all of which are highly disruptive to children and families. Given the potential medical, cognitive/academic, social-emotional, and behavioral challenges encountered by students with chronic medical conditions, school psychologists are in a unique position to both identify and support the educational experiences of these students. Further, schools provide an ideal forum for outcomes research and intervention programs. This Introduction to the Special Issue on School-Related Outcomes and Success for Youth With Chronic Medical Conditions addresses definitional issues, identifies challenges, reviews the 7 empirical articles in this issue, and discusses areas for future research. This special issue includes scientifically rigorous papers, which feature innovative studies that emphasize real-time, momentary assessments; positive psychology frameworks; and intervention approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)622-626
Number of pages5
JournalSchool Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2019


  • Chronic medical conditions
  • Health
  • Pediatric school psychology
  • School-age students
  • Special section introduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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