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The influence of epilepsy on children's perception of self-concept

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Scatolini, Flora Lopes ; Zanni, Karina Piccin ; Pfeifer, Luzia Iara
Total Authors: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Epilepsy & Behavior; v. 69, p. 75-79, APR 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 1

The diagnosis of epilepsy can lead to changes in the patient's perception due to factors such as learning and behavioral problems, lack of academic motivation, and low self-esteem. This study aimed to evaluate and compare the knowledge of self-concept in children with epilepsy and those with typical development and verify whether gender and age influence this perception. Eighty children of both sexes, aged between 8 and 14 years, participated in this study. The children were divided into two groups: the epilepsy group, which consisted of 40 children diagnosed with epilepsy, and the control group, which consisted of 40 children with typical development and comparable to group 1 according to sex and age. The Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale, translated and adapted for the Brazilian population, was used as the evaluation instrument. In total, there were 23 boys and 17 girls in each group, with a mean age of 10.7 years. There were significant differences in the overall score (p = 0.000) and the subareas ``behavior{''} (p = 0.006), ``intellectual and academic status{''} (p = 0.001), and ``popularity{''} (p = 0.004). The group of children with epilepsy had a lower average score in self-concept. Children with epilepsy were observed to perceive themselves as clumsy, without many friends, with low academic performance and problems at school, and to experiencing feelings of unhappiness. These findings suggest that, in addition to the treatment of the clinical manifestations of epilepsy, it is extremely important to provide treatment focused on improving the self-concept of school-aged children with this condition. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/02728-4 - The self-concept of children with epilepsy
Grantee:Flora Lopes Scatolini
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation