Exploring the relationship between parent-child communication about epilepsy and psychosocial well-being

Stephanie O'Toole, Pamela Gallagher, Ailbhe Benson, Amre Shahwan, Joan K Austin, Veronica Lambert

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between parent-child communication and psychosocial well-being of 47 children living with epilepsy and 72 parents of children living with epilepsy. Open communication was associated with positive illness attitude, positive self-perception and greater health-related quality of life for children living with epilepsy; positive response to illness for parents; and more perceived social support and less need for epilepsy-related support for children living with epilepsy and parents. By contrast, closed communication was associated with poorer psychosocial well-being in children living with epilepsy and parents. Healthcare professionals should provide guidance for families living with childhood epilepsy on the importance of open communication in promoting greater psychosocial well-being.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Early online date24 Aug 2019
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Publication statusEarly online date - 24 Aug 2019

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