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Author de Souza, Jéssica Lopes ♦ Faiola, Aline Scardoeli ♦ Miziara, Carmen Silvia Molleis Galego ♦ de Manreza, Maria Luiza Giraldes
Editor Bronstein, Jeff
Source Hindawi
Content type Text
Publisher Hindawi
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2018
Language English
Abstract Objective. To evaluate the perceived social stigma of people with epilepsy with regard to the question of employability. Methods. A structured questionnaire was given to two groups of people with chronic diseases: those with epilepsy (study group) and those with heart disease (control group). The questions concerned employability. Results. Having epilepsy was more strongly associated with higher unemployment rates (p<0.0001); job layoffs (p=0.001); being unfit to work (p<0.0001); feeling shame for having the disease (p=0.014); absence of partners (p=0.026); and depression (p=0.004). The tendency to hide their disease from their employers was similar for the two groups. Conclusion. The age discrepancy between groups was an important limiting factor of this study. However, despite the limited number of participants and the age difference between the groups, there is no impediment in stating that people with epilepsy show high rates of unemployment, depression, and stigma.
ISSN 20901852
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2018-05-13
Rights License This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
e-ISSN 20901860
Journal Neurology Research International
Volume Number 2018
Page Count 5


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