Social behavioral problems and the health-related quality of life in children and adolescents with epilepsy

Hee Yeon Choi, Song E. Kim, Hyang Woon Lee, Eui Jung Kim

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Abstract

Objective The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of specific behavioral problems on the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in children and adolescents with epilepsy. Methods Children and adolescents with epilepsy (n=92; age range=6–17 years) and their mothers completed questionnaires about behavioral problems, HRQOL, socio-demographics, and epilepsy-related variables. To determine significant predictor variables of the HRQOL, the stepwise regression analyses and partial correlations were performed to adjust for other behavioral problems and covariates. Results The analyses revealed that an increase in social behavioral problems and delinquent behavior was associated with a decrease in the HRQOL. Lower levels of maternal education and the number of antiepileptic drugs were also associated with a decline in the HRQOL; the HRQOL and social behavioral problems remained significantly correlated after adjusting for maternal education level, number of antiepileptic drugs, and non-social behavioral problems. Conclusion Parents and practitioners should provide intervention if behavioral problems, particularly social behavioral problems, are observed in children or adolescents with epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-495
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatry Investigation
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2016

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© 2016 Korean Neuropsychiatric Association.

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Behavioral problem
  • Child
  • Epilepsy
  • Health-related quality of life

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