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Factors influencing the stigmatization of patients with epilepsy

https://doi.org/10.14412/2074-2711-2015-1S-10-14

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Objective: to identify the factors influencing the stigmatization in patients with epilepsy.
Patients and methods. The investigation enrolled 71 epileptic patients aged 14 to 50 years. They were divided into two age groups: 30 adolescents aged 14–17 years and 41 adults aged 18–50 years.
Results and discussion. Examinations of 71 patients with epilepsy could identify 4 factors influencing their stigmatization: individual traits; activity and relations in the group; the effect of a drug and its adherence in patients; relationships in the family and its response to the disease. The authors’ new screening procedure was employed to determine the leading causes of stigmatization for each age group and to show differences in the specific features of stigmatization (the leading factor of stigmatization) in patients of different age. The major factor of stigmatization in the epileptic adolescents was found to be relationships in the family and its response to the disease. Its chief cause in the adults was their principal activity (studies at a higher education establishment or work) and group relations. The epileptic patients were shown to need psychological care. The developed screening procedure will be useful in planning psycho-correction measures and rehabilitation programs. 

About the Authors

I. A. Grigoryeva
Department of Neuro- and Pathopsychology, Moscow City Psychological and Pedagogical University, Moscow, Russia 29, Sretenka St., Moscow 127051
Russian Federation


L. A. Troitskaya
Department of Neuro- and Pathopsychology, Moscow City Psychological and Pedagogical University, Moscow, Russia 29, Sretenka St., Moscow 127051
Russian Federation


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Grigoryeva I.A., Troitskaya L.A. Factors influencing the stigmatization of patients with epilepsy. Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics. 2015;7(1S):10-14. (In Russ.) https://doi.org/10.14412/2074-2711-2015-1S-10-14

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