Emotional complications of adolescent grand mal epilepsy

Christopher H. Hodgman, Elizabeth R. McAnarney, Gary J. Myers, Howard Iker, Ross McKinney, Dean Parmelee, Barbara Schuster, Mimi Tutihasi

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Abstract

Adolescents who have grand mal epilepsy and their parents were interviewed, and the adolescents were evaluated neurologically. Better seizure control and less neurologic disability were unexpectedly associated with less open communication between the adolescents and their families and friends, and with a poorer self-image and poorer expections for the future. These findings were unrelated to IQ or school performance. This outcome is consistent with other studies of invisible defects and stigmatization, and suggests that youngsters who have relatively mild defects involving social disability may be more troubled than those with more apparent defects, for which denial may be operative. An incidental finding in the study was that a question more predictive of overall family, social, and academic function than the neurologic findings was simply whether or not the youngster was attending the appropriate grade in school for his or her age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-312
Number of pages4
JournalUnknown Journal
Volume95
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979

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Tonic-Clonic Epilepsy
epilepsy
adolescent
disability
Stereotyping
Incidental Findings
seizure
stigmatization
Neurologic Manifestations
school
self-image
Nervous System
Seizures
parents
Parents
Communication
communication
performance

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Hodgman, C. H., McAnarney, E. R., Myers, G. J., Iker, H., McKinney, R., Parmelee, D., ... Tutihasi, M. (1979). Emotional complications of adolescent grand mal epilepsy. Unknown Journal, 95(2), 309-312. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3476(79)80680-0

Emotional complications of adolescent grand mal epilepsy. / Hodgman, Christopher H.; McAnarney, Elizabeth R.; Myers, Gary J.; Iker, Howard; McKinney, Ross; Parmelee, Dean; Schuster, Barbara; Tutihasi, Mimi.

In: Unknown Journal, Vol. 95, No. 2, 01.01.1979, p. 309-312.

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Hodgman, CH, McAnarney, ER, Myers, GJ, Iker, H, McKinney, R, Parmelee, D, Schuster, B & Tutihasi, M 1979, 'Emotional complications of adolescent grand mal epilepsy', Unknown Journal, vol. 95, no. 2, pp. 309-312. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3476(79)80680-0
Hodgman CH, McAnarney ER, Myers GJ, Iker H, McKinney R, Parmelee D et al. Emotional complications of adolescent grand mal epilepsy. Unknown Journal. 1979 Jan 1;95(2):309-312. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3476(79)80680-0
Hodgman, Christopher H. ; McAnarney, Elizabeth R. ; Myers, Gary J. ; Iker, Howard ; McKinney, Ross ; Parmelee, Dean ; Schuster, Barbara ; Tutihasi, Mimi. / Emotional complications of adolescent grand mal epilepsy. In: Unknown Journal. 1979 ; Vol. 95, No. 2. pp. 309-312.
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