Epilepsy, stereotypes, stigma and psychosocial consequences.

McCagh, Jane (2012) Epilepsy, stereotypes, stigma and psychosocial consequences. In: Advances in brain research. Nova Science Publishers, New York, pp. 71-83. ISBN 9781620817131

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This chapter will discuss how epilepsy has been perceived throughout history and across different cultures. The chapter will highlight how historical conceptions of epilepsy and misrepresentation in the media have perpetuated current stereotypical perceptions of the disorder. Consequently, misconceptions about epilepsy serve to propagate discrimination and stigma toward people with the condition. The myths that surround epilepsy will be explored emphasising how misconception, discrimination and stigma affect the quality of life of people with the condition. Myths, stigma and stereotypes can result in multiple interrelated psychosocial outcomes which can impede the cohesive integration of people with epilepsy in society. The impact of these factors on important psychosocial outcomes such as self esteem, depression, anxiety, employability, opportunities for social interaction and interpersonal relationships will be discussed. The chapter will explore these outcomes highlighting how society can be effective in engendering positive attitudes towards people with epilepsy. To conclude, educational interventions aimed at people with epilepsy, their families, employers, teachers and society at large will be considered along with future research suggestions with a view to reduce the impact of stigma and improve the social functioning of people with epilepsy.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Epilepsy, stigma, anxiety, depression, employment, education, family, self esteem, sense of mastery
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Jane McCagh
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2017 14:00
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2017 14:00
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1246

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