South African Family Practice

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Children with epilepsy and their families: Psychosocial issues

JJ Spangenberg, N Lalkhen


This article commences with the psychological effects of epilepsy on children, followed by the typical emotional problems experienced by parents of children with epilepsy. Subsequently the roles and responsibilities of parents during the various developmental stages of children with epilepsy are discussed. The effect of childhood epilepsy on family life as well as on the siblings is described. Coping strategies that could be helpful to parents of children with epilepsy are briefly discussed. Finally, the importance of a trusting relationship between the family with an epileptic child and their family practitioner is highlighted and recommendations are made in this regard.

For full text, click here: SA Fam Pract 2006;48(6):60-63
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