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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding individuals with epilepsy by marriage and family therapists and social workers
by Marcheschi, Regina L., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 67; 1486658
Abstract (Summary)

The lack of education about epilepsy among helping professionals is a considerable problem. The purpose of this study was to ascertain knowledge, attitudes, and practices between two groups of helping professionals regarding individuals with epilepsy.

Using a non-probability sampling, 38 professionals were surveyed. Attitudes were generally positive but several gaps in knowledge were identified. Most participants lacked knowledge of certain clinical aspects of epilepsy and were unaware that depression and suicidal tendencies are increased.

Social workers were found to have a higher level of knowledge about epilepsy than Marriage and Family Therapists. The findings suggested that these professionals need continuing education programs about epilepsy in order to increase their knowledge and improve their practices.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1486658
ISBN: 978-1-124-28255-8
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