Health-related quality of life in youth: a comparison between adolescents and young adults with uncomplicated epilepsy and healthy controls
2003 (English)In: Journal of Adolescent Health, ISSN 1054-139X, E-ISSN 1879-1972, Vol. 33, no 4, 252-258 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
To describe health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in adolescents and young adults with uncomplicated epilepsy and to compare it with a random sample of the general population.
Young people, aged 13–22 years, meeting the criteria and registered in four Swedish hospitals answered questionnaires (n = 158/193) on HRQOL together with 282 (n = 282/390) random controls living in the same areas in Sweden. The instruments used were “I think I am,” “Youth Self Report,” “Sense of coherence,” and “Family APGAR.” Data were analyzed by using factorial analysis of variance.
Girls had a poorer HRQOL than boys. The epilepsy group reported lower competence (i.e., they were less active, had lower social competence and poorer school achievement). Both groups had an overall positive self-esteem. Differences between girls in the epilepsy and control groups were small, whereas differences among boys were more evident. Older age was related to poorer HRQOL in both groups.
This study points out the importance of being observant of signs of stigmatization in adolescents with epilepsy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 33, no 4, 252-258 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27930DOI: 10.1016/S1054-139X(03)00101-0Local ID: 12691OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-27930DiVA: diva2:248482