DOI: 10.14704/nq.2018.16.12.1873

Emotional Profile and Empolyment of Patients with Epilepsy

Suljo Kunić, Omer Ć. Ibrahimagić, Zoran Vujković, Vlado Đajic, Dževdet Smajlović, Mitra Mirković-Hajdukov, Amela Kunić, Leila Avdić, Emir Tupković


Background: Epilepsy as a disorder of the brain characterized by an enduring predisposition to generate epileptic seizures and by the biologic, cognitive, psychological, and social consequences of this condition. This association may reflect the anatomical and neurobiological source of both epileptic seizures and the behavioral manifestations. The aim of this research was to analyze emotional profile of patients with epilepsy, and to determine the relationship between dimensions of emotions and employment.
Methods: The research was conducted on the sample of 100 participants, 50 patients with epilepsy and 50 healthly subjcts. Subgroups are equal in age (between 25 and 65 years of age) and level of education. In the estimation of emotional characteristics was used Plutchik’s Emotions Profile Index (EPI). Basic socio-demographic data were also collected.
Results: Patients with epilepsy are significantly less employed (p <.001). Deviations of the reference values emotions dimension were found in seven of eight dimensions in study group, and in five of eight dimensions in control group. Significantly diferencts found in the rejection dimension (p = .043). In other dimensions don't be significant differences.
Limitations: This study has, however, also several limitations. One of all, we only evaluated the motivated participants, not randomly selected
Conclusion: The patients with epilepsy are significantly fewer employment, and significantly more inclined to the opposition / rejection (delay, hostility, contempt and critical) compared with healthy control group. Our knowledge can be useful for planning future interventions for people living with epilepsy.


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