The stigma of epilepsy as a self-concept.

  title={The stigma of epilepsy as a self-concept.},
  author={Richard Ryan and Kenneth M. Kempner and Arthur C. Emlen},
  volume={21 4},
To study the extent to which persons with epilepsy feel stigmatized by the disorder, a sample of 445 individuals with epilepsy is analyzed. By first defining stigma in quantifiable terms and then by assessing the prevalence of stigma among the individuals studied, two alternative models that postulate the causes of stigma are investigated. The first model, a simple medical approach, assumes that because epilepsy is stigmatizing for an individual with the disorder, a direct relationship exists… CONTINUE READING

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