The effect of temperament and neuropsychological functioning on behavior problems in children with new-onset seizures

Katherine T. Baum, Anna W. Byars, Ton J. deGrauw, David W. Dunn, John E. Bates, Steven R. Howe, C. Y.Peter Chiu, Joan K. Austin

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Abstract

The present study is part of a larger project that seeks to identify factors that predict children's behavioral, social, and cognitive adaptation to epilepsy. Children with seizures are more likely to have internalizing and externalizing behavior problems than either healthy children or children with other chronic illnesses. The present research examines risk factors for behavior problems. Early temperament and neuropsychological functioning, specifically executive function and language abilities, are evaluated as unique and moderating predictors of adverse behavioral outcomes in 229 children with a first recognized seizure. Parents assessed temperament, children were administered neuropsychological tests, and teachers evaluated behavior 36. months after seizure onset. Results revealed that early temperament and neuropsychological functioning, specifically executive function, predicted behavioral outcomes 3. years after seizure onset.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-473
Number of pages7
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010

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Keywords

  • Behavior
  • Child
  • Epilepsy
  • Executive function
  • New-onset
  • Seizures
  • Temperament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurology

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Baum, K. T., Byars, A. W., deGrauw, T. J., Dunn, D. W., Bates, J. E., Howe, S. R., Chiu, C. Y. P., & Austin, J. K. (2010). The effect of temperament and neuropsychological functioning on behavior problems in children with new-onset seizures. Epilepsy and Behavior, 17(4), 467-473. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2010.01.010