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TELLA, Lucinda M. G.; FONSECA, Lineu C.  and  BERTUQUI, Claudia M.. Psychosocial evaluation in epilepsy: application of the WPSI in Brazil. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 1995, vol.53, n.1, pp.16-22. ISSN 0004-282X.

Epilepsy has frequently been associated with important psycho-social problems. Washington Psychosocial Seizure Inventory is a inventory developed to identify the psycho-social problems in epilepsy. In this study we applied a WPSI version for a psychosocial evaluation of Brazilian patients: 54 epileptic patients answered a questionnaire in a period of 7 months. The application of WPSI showed difficulties in the scales: adjustment to seizures, financial status, vocational adjustment, emotional and interpersonal adjustment. The scores of problems were lower in the scales of family background, medicine and medical management. Level of schoolarity, employment status, seizure type, duration of epilepsy, control of seizures were factors influencing WPSI results. Difficulties were noticed in the comprehension of some words by the illiterate patients, and in high scores for validity scales. Our initial results were comparable to the literature. However, it should be necessary an adaptation of some language aspects and validity scales, and a further application in a larger number of epileptic patients to validate our WPSI version.

Keywords : epilepsy; psycho-social aspects; WPSI.

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