Determinants of felt stigma in epilepsy

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Aydemir N., Kaya B., Yildiz G., Oztura I., Baklan B.

EPILEPSY & BEHAVIOR, vol.58, pp.76-80, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 58
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2016.03.008
  • Journal Name: EPILEPSY & BEHAVIOR
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.76-80
  • Keywords: Epilepsy, Felt stigma, Overprotection, Concealment of illness, Concerns related to epilepsy, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, PERSPECTIVE, PERCEPTIONS, PEOPLE, ADULTS, IMPACT, MODEL
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The present study aimed to determine the level of felt stigma, overprotection, concealment, and concerns related to epilepsy in different life domains by using culturally-specific scales for Turkish individuals with epilepsy. Also, it aimed to detect relations among the study variables and to determine the variables which predict felt stigma. For this purpose, felt stigma scale, overprotection scale, concealment of epilepsy scale, and concerns of epilepsy scale were administered to two hundred adult persons with epilepsy (PWE). The results showed that almost half of the participants reported felt stigma, overprotection, concealment of epilepsy, concerns related to future occupation, and concerns related to social life. Almost all the study variables show correlations with each other. Concealment of epilepsy, concerns related to social life, and concerns related to future occupation were found as the predictors of felt stigma. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.