Author(s): Fernandes PT, Souza EA
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To verify the effectiveness of the support group in the identification of family variables linked to epilepsy. METHOD: Pre-test were applied to parents of 21 children with benign epilepsy of childhood recently diagnosed, from 5 to 15 years, who participated in the groups at HC/Unicamp. There was a presentation of an educational video, discussion and application of the post-test 1. After six months, the post-test 2 was applied. RESULTS: The beliefs were: fear of swallowing the tongue during the seizures (76.19\%) and of a future mental disease (66.67\%). Facing the epilepsy, fear and sadness appeared. 76.19\% of the parents presented overprotection and 90.48\%, expected a new seizure. In the post-test 1, the parents affirmed that the information offered had modified the beliefs. In the post-test 2, 80.95\% didn't report great doubts about epilepsy and 90.48\% considered their relationship with their children better. CONCLUSIONS: The demystification of beliefs supplied from the groups influenced the family positively, prevented behavior alterations and guaranteed effective care in the attendance to the child with epilepsy.
This article was published in Arq Neuropsiquiatr
and referenced in Journal of Psychiatry