Factors affecting the school life of children with epilepsy

Authors: D. Buršíková Brabcová 1,2;  J. Kohout 3;  B. Benová 4;  J. Rokytová 5;  P. Kršek 4
Authors‘ workplace: Katedra psychologie, Fakulta pedagogická ZČU, Plzeň 1;  Katedra pedagogiky a psychologie, Pedagogická fakulta JU, České Budějovice 2;  Katedra matematiky, fyziky a technické výchovy, Fakulta pedagogická ZČU, Plzeň 3;  Klinika dětské neurologie 2. LF UK a FN Motol, Praha 4;  Neurologická klinika LF UK a FN Plzeň 5
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2019; 82(3): 279-284
Category: Review Article
doi: https://doi.org/10.14735/amcsnn2019279


Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder with many negative sequelae related to the school attendance of af­fected children. School environment plays a fundamental role in the stigmatization accompany­­ing this dis­ease. Individual risk factors related to children with epilepsy themselves, their parents, teachers and clas­smates have not been suf­ficiently studied yet; the complex structure of the school life of children with epilepsy determined by the mutual coupl­­ing of the particular variables thus remains unclear. The first objective of this review article is to provide an overview of the most important findings related to this topic. The second objective is to introduce a complex study in which outcome will be a detailed structural model tak­­ing into consideration the most important variables related to the life of children with epilepsy in a school and quantify­­ing the links between them. Such a complex model should serve as a theoretical background for plan­n­­ing tailored interventions to improve the quality of life of these children by means of reduc­­ing the stigma related not only to the dis­ease itself but also to report the parents’, teachers’ and clas­smates’ knowledge. Recom­mendations for further research as well as clinical practice in this field are given at the end of the study.

The authors declare they have no potential conflicts of interest concern ing drugs, products, or services used in the study.

The Editorial Board declares that the manuscript met the ICMJE “uniform requirements” for biomedical papers.


Epilepsy – Quality of life – social stigma – structural models – child – parents – school – teachers


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