Social stigma for adults and children with epilepsy

Jacoby, Ann and Austin, Joan K
(2007) Social stigma for adults and children with epilepsy. EPILEPSIA, 48 (s9). pp. 6-9.

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For many people with epilepsy, the continuing social reality of their condition is as a stigma. Epilepsy stigma has three different levels; internalized, interpersonal, and institutional. While there have been documented improvements in public attitudes towards epilepsy, the remnants of "old" ideas about epilepsy continue to inform popular concepts resulting in a difficult social environment for those affected. The social and quality of life problems arising from a diagnosis of epilepsy can represent greater challenges than are warranted by its clinical severity. The relationship between stigma and impaired quality of life is well documented. Tackling the problem of stigma effectively requires that all three of different levels at which it operates are systematically addressed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published Online: 29 Nov 2007
Uncontrolled Keywords: stigma, public attitudes, quality of life
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Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Population Health
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2008 09:15
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2023 18:46
DOI: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2007.01391.x
Publisher's Statement : The definitive version is available at 'Epilepsia: the Journal of the International League Against Epilepsy'. Blackwell Publishing, Inc. © International League Against Epilepsy.
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