Comparison of mental health, self-esteem and aggression in epilepsy and normal pupils

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Bahman Zarezadegan 1 , * , Mahnaz Mehrabi zadeh Honarmand 2 , Ali Ahmadian 1 , Majid Eydi Baygi 1 , Yahya Akbari Shayeh 1

1 MSc Student of Clinical Psychology, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran.

2 Professor Depoartment of Psychology, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran.

How to Cite: Zarezadegan B, Mehrabi zadeh Honarmand M, Ahmadian A, Eydi Baygi M, Akbari Shayeh Y. Comparison of mental health, self-esteem and aggression in epilepsy and normal pupils, Hormozgan Med J. 2013 ; 17(5):e88237.

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Hormozgan Medical Journal: 17 (5); e88237
Published Online: October 15, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: June 21, 2012
Accepted: October 15, 2012

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Abstract

Introduction: Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological disease among the
general population. Usually this disease appears before puberty, and will continue and it can
combine with behavioral or psychological symptoms. Epilepsy can affect mental health,
self-esteem and aggression of pupils suffers from epilepsy.
Methods: This is a descriptive study, in which 24, 12 to 18 years old pupils with epilepsy
were matched with 24 normal pupils. The subjects were not informed of their selection and
the aim of this study. The General Health, Rosenberg self-esteem Scale and Ahwaz
Aggression Questionnaires in both groups were administered individually. For analyzing the
data, MANOVA statistical method was used.
Results: The results showed that there are significant differences between the pupils with
epilepsy and non-epileptic puplis in the mental health and self-esteem scores (P<0.01). So,
puplis with epilepsy in terms of mental health and self-esteem were poorer and more in dire
situation.
Conclusion: The risk of epileptic seizures can reduce adolescent mental health and selfesteem.
It seems that adolescences need more attention in mental health aspects.

Keywords

Epilepsy - Mental Health – Aggression – Students

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