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Epilepsy Research and Treatment
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 756849, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/756849
Research Article

The Relationship between Self-Efficacy and Psychosocial Care in Adolescents with Epilepsy

1Department of Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia 51389 47977, Iran
2Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz 51389 47977, Iran
3Department of Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz 51389 47977, Iran
4Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz 51389 47977, Iran
5Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Student Research Committee, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz 51389 47977, Iran

Received 3 September 2015; Revised 24 November 2015; Accepted 26 November 2015

Academic Editor: Luigi Maria Specchio

Copyright © 2015 Masoomeh Akbarbegloo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Introduction. Studies about epilepsy are more associated with physiological aspects and drug therapy and far too little attention has been paid to psychological and social care, especially in teens. Hence, the present study aimed to assess relationship between self-efficacy and psychosocial care in adolescents with epilepsy. Methods. A cross-sectional association study was conducted on 74 consecutive adolescents aged 10 to 18 years with general attacks of epilepsy referred to Pediatric Neurology Clinics affiliated with the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in 2013. Data were collected by interview using multisegment tools including demographic characteristics, self-efficacy scaling in children with epilepsy, and reporting tools for children psychosocial care. Results. Our study showed a significant association of self-efficacy with “information received’’ () and also with “need for information or support’’ () as well as “concerns and fears’’ (). The comments of doctor or nurse were directly associated with higher self-efficacy and patients’ information needs were inversely associated with higher self-efficacy. Conclusion. For adolescents with epilepsy, providing educational materials such as pamphlets and booklets, designing especial websites, and setting especial meetings with and without parents separately are recommended. Scheduling psychosocial supports and collecting more information about this disorder for adolescents will be helpful.