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Table 3 Impact of diagnosis on children’s behavior and performance (n = 99)

From: Impact of maternal breast cancer on school-aged children in Saudi Arabia

  % (n)
Child changed way treat mother, % yes
   Positive change, % yes 83.8 (83)
   Negative change, % yes (of all children) 2.0 [2]
   No change 14.1 (14)
How change if negative, % yes
   Angry with mother 1.0 [1]
   Became withdrawn 1.0 [1]
   Hate mother 0.0 (0)
   Don’t know 0.0 (0)
Change in child’s personality, % yes
   Positive personality change 89.9 (89)
   Negative change 1.0 [1]
   No change 9.1 [9]
How change if negative, % yes
   More emotional 1.0 [1]
   Became withdrawn 1.0 [1]
   Very scared 0.0 (0)
   Withdrawn 0.0 (0)
   Other 0.0 (0)
Reactions of child, % yes
   Cling to mother 15.2 (15)
   Resent needed to help 13.1 (13)
   Afraid might get cancer also 11.1 (11)
   Behaved badly to cover 7.1 [7]
   Got sick to get attention 6.1 [6]
   Withdraw from mother 2.0 [2]
Relationship affected by diagnosis, % yes (n)
   Positive change 79.8 (79)
   Negative change 1.0 [1]
   No change 19.2 (19)
School performance affected, % yes (n)
   Positive change 8.1 [8]
   Negative change 76.8 (76)
   No change 15.2 (15)