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Factors contributing to Korean adolescents' perceptions of stigma with respect to epilepsy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20937569     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
We assessed knowledge and perceptions of epilepsy held by Korean adolescents in the general population, and investigated factors important in adolescents' perceptions of stigma with respect to epilepsy. Surveys were distributed to students at 22 schools. A total of 1377 students participated. Fewer than half of all students (45.1%) reported hearing or reading about epilepsy. Overall, students showed a general lack of familiarity with and knowledge of epilepsy. Stigma perception scores were significantly higher in boys than in girls (P<0.05) and in middle school than in high school (P<0.05) students. We also found that stigma perception scores were significantly correlated with both younger age (r=-0.074, P=0.006) and lower knowledge scores (r=-0.404, P=0.000). Linear regression analysis showed that stigma-related perception was associated with lower knowledge scores (P<0.001) and middle school (P<0.05). These results indicate a need for public education of adolescents in the general population to decrease the stigma associated with epilepsy.
Authors:
Young Il Rho; Sang-Ahm Lee; Soo Bin Yim; Minkyung Chu; Hyeon Mi Park; Geun-Ho Lee; Sung-Pa Park; Dae Soo Jung
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epilepsy & behavior : E&B     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1525-5069     ISO Abbreviation:  Epilepsy Behav     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100892858     Medline TA:  Epilepsy Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  627-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Department of Pediatrics, Chosun University School of Medicine, Gwangju, Korea.
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