Cognitive Dysfunction and Other Comorbidities: Behavioral Comorbidities in Children with Epilepsy

J. K. Austin, D. W. Dunn

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In this article we identify the importance of studying behavioral problems in children with epilepsy. After a brief discussion of the nature of common problems, we briefly review the literature on four groups of variables that are considered to be the major causes of such problems: neurological dysfunction, seizure condition variables, neuropsychological deficits, and child and family variables. We also describe the most commonly used instrument to measure child behavior problems and emphasize the need for prospective, longitudinal study designs. We end with a brief introduction to recent research findings that are challenging old assumptions about causes of behavior problems, and we make recommendations for studies that are needed to move the field forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Basic Epilepsy Research
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780123739612
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Behavior
  • Child attitude toward illness
  • Child behavior checklist
  • Children
  • Comorbidity
  • Epilepsy
  • Family
  • Neurological dysfunction
  • Neuropsychological

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)

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