Youth with epilepsy: Development of a model of children's attitudes toward their condition

Joan K. Austin, David W. Dunn, Susan M. Perkins, Jianzhao Shen

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A model of children's attitudes toward their epilepsy was tested in 173 children (9-14 years) with epilepsy and their parents. Predictor variables tested were child characteristics, family mastery, child worry, child self-efficacy for seizure management, child psychosocial care needs, and seizure variables. Data were analyzed using structural equation modeling, leading to a revised model in which less child worry, greater family mastery, and greater child seizure self-efficacy were directly related to more child positive attitudes. Discussion focuses on potential targets for psychosocial interventions aimed at improving attitudes toward epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-140
Number of pages18
JournalChildren's Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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