November 9, 2018

Parenting Stress and Perceived Stigma in Mothers of Young Children with Epilepsy: A Case–Control Study

The aim of this study was to provide data on parenting stress and perceived stigma in mothers (n?=?47) of young children with epilepsy, and to compare findings with those of mothers (n?=?48) of developmental, age- and gender-matched children with nonepilepsy-related neurodisability (neurological and/or neurodevelopmental concerns).

The study found that thirty-eight percent of mothers of children with epilepsy had significant parenting stress. Efforts at reducing parenting stress and stigma should focus on interventions targeting child development and maternal sleep.

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