Author: Ayesha Liaqat

Supervisor: Hidna Iqbal

Degree: BS

Year: 2013-2017

University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship
between Perceived Stigma, Social Support and Self-management
in patients with Epilepsy. The hypotheses were: There would be a
relationship in perceived stigma and social support in patients
with epilepsy. It was also hypothesized that a correlation would
exist between social support self-management. It was also
hypothesized that there will be relationship between perceived
stigma and self-management. The total sample size of the present
study was 100 epilepsy patients, (Mage=34.09 & SD=10.54).
Epilepsy Stigma Scale (Austin, 1998), Social Support
Questionnaire short form (Sarason & Pierce, 1987) and Epilepsy
Self-efficacy Scale (Dilorio, 1992) were administered to study
variables. Results revealed that the epilepsy patients who have
strong social support were better in performing self-management
behaviors. Also their negative perceptions about illness stigma
were less. On the other hand the epilepsy patients who have
weaker social network or support were poor in performing self management behaviors. Their perceived stigmas were also stronger and have influence on their illness management. Social
support came out to be the predictor of self-management.
Monthly income and education also came out to be predictors of
self-management in patients with epilepsy. The results were then
discussed in the light of previous literature, theoretical framework
and cultural context.

Keywords: Perceived Stigma, Social Support, Self Management, Epilepsy.

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