Dimensions of the Epilepsy Foundation Concerns Index

David W. Loring, Glenn J. Larrabee, Kimford J. Meador, Gregory P Lee

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Abstract

We performed principal component analysis (PCA) of the Epilepsy Foundation Concerns Index scale in 189 patients undergoing evaluation for epilepsy surgery. We identified a five-factor solution in which there were no varimax-rotated factors consisting of fewer than two questions. Factor 1 reflects affective impact on enjoyment of life, Factor 2 reflects general autonomy concerns, Factor 3 reflects fear of seizure recurrence, Factor 4 reflects concern of being a burden to one's family, and Factor 5 reflects a perceived lack of understanding by others. Multiple regression using the Quality of Life in Epilepsy - 89 question version; Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory - 2; Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - third edition; and verbal and visual memory tests as predictors demonstrated a different pattern of association with the factor and summary scores. We conclude that the Epilepsy Foundation Concerns Index is multidimensional, and using a global score based on all items may mask specific concerns that may be relevant when applied to individual patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)348-352
Number of pages5
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2005

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Epilepsy
MMPI
Masks
Principal Component Analysis
Intelligence
Fear
Seizures
Quality of Life
Recurrence

Keywords

  • Epilepsy foundation concerns index
  • Minnesota multiphasic personality inventory-2
  • Neuropsychology
  • Quality of life
  • Quality of life in epilepsy-89 question version
  • Wechsler adult intelligence scale-third edition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurology

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Loring, D. W., Larrabee, G. J., Meador, K. J., & Lee, G. P. (2005). Dimensions of the Epilepsy Foundation Concerns Index. Epilepsy and Behavior, 6(3), 348-352. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2005.02.001

Dimensions of the Epilepsy Foundation Concerns Index. / Loring, David W.; Larrabee, Glenn J.; Meador, Kimford J.; Lee, Gregory P.

In: Epilepsy and Behavior, Vol. 6, No. 3, 01.05.2005, p. 348-352.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Loring, DW, Larrabee, GJ, Meador, KJ & Lee, GP 2005, 'Dimensions of the Epilepsy Foundation Concerns Index', Epilepsy and Behavior, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 348-352. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2005.02.001
Loring, David W. ; Larrabee, Glenn J. ; Meador, Kimford J. ; Lee, Gregory P. / Dimensions of the Epilepsy Foundation Concerns Index. In: Epilepsy and Behavior. 2005 ; Vol. 6, No. 3. pp. 348-352.
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