Author(s): Shehata GA, Mahran DG
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Abstract THE PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH: This study was designed to assess knowledge and attitude with respect to epilepsy among secondary school students (epileptic and none) in Assiut city, Egypt. METHODS: A cross sectional study was applied among secondary school students in Assiut city, Egypt. A 13-item questionnaire was self administered by 2226 students who selected randomly. THE PRINCIPAL RESULTS: All students either epileptic or non-epileptic had been heard about epilepsy. Only 7.1\% of epileptic students and 8.5\% of non-epileptic students thought that the epilepsy is a brain disease. Out of 2198 non-epileptic students, 28.4\% thought that person with epilepsy (PWE) should not marry and 92\% of them refused to marry from PWE. The correct knowledge of epilepsy was significantly positive correlated with positive attitude towards PWE. MAJOR CONCLUSIONS: However, students still feel persons with epilepsy are stigmatized and are different from others. Secondary school students in Egypt have a vague knowledge about the etiology of epilepsy. Misconceptions about and negative attitudes towards epilepsy are unexpectedly high among those students. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Epilepsy Res
and referenced in Pediatrics & Therapeutics