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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


Adolescents with chronic diseases must accomplish the management of their healthcare decisions and practices; those with epilepsy also deal with the uncertainty of seizure disorders and the stigma linked to this disease. This secondary analysis of data examined psychosocial variables for adolescents with epilepsy within the developmental-contextual framework proposed by Hohnbeck and Shapera (1999). No statistically significant differences were found between the mean Piers-Harris scores, self-assessment scores on the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) or the Revised Family APGAR for the subgroups of males, females, younger (9 to 11.44 years) or older (11.45 to 14 years) adolescents. Perceptions of parenting, length of time since diagnosis, entrance into the study and gender were also unrelated. However, 25.75 % of those studied demonstrated a score on the CDI above 12, revealing clinical need for assessment and follow-up of depressive symptoms.


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