Perceptions of stigma of children with epilepsy and their parents and its effects on social life

Ustuner Top F., Cam H. H., BORA GÜNEŞ N.

Current Psychology, vol.43, no.1, pp.62-71, 2024 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12144-023-04919-0
  • Journal Name: Current Psychology
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, BIOSIS, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.62-71
  • Keywords: Children, Epilepsy, Parents, Social life, Stigma
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder, one of the essential psychosocial problems of which is stigma, and affects people’s daily social lives in various ways. Stigmatization in epilepsy should be combated to ensure complete bio-psycho-social well-being in these individuals. This study aimed to define the relationship between stigmatization perceptions of children with epilepsy and their parents and the effect on social life. Children with epilepsy and their parents were included in this cross-sectional study. Data were collected using the Child and Parent Description Form, Social Life the Negative Impact Scale (SLNIS), the Child Stigma Scale (CSS), and the Parent Stigma Scale (PSS). The mean age of the children included in the study was 12.14 ± 2.71. It was determined that 9.8% of the children had a family history of epilepsy, nearly half (47.7%) had a seizure time of 6 months or less, and 44.5% had seizures twice a year or more. The mean total score of the scales was 27.98 ± 6.08 for CSS, 16.64 ± 5.02 for PSS, and 69.95 ± 7.07 for CIAS. There was a statistically significant positive correlation at the p < 0.05 level between the CSS (r = 0.144; p < 0.05) and PSS (r = 0.144; p < 0.05) scores and the SLNIS scores. There was a statistically significant positive correlation at p < 0.05 level between the CSS scores and the PSS scores (r = 0.648; p < 0.05). It has been determined that the perception of child and parent stigma affects each other. As the perception of stigma increases in children with epilepsy, the negative impact on social life increases.