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Br J Psychiatry. 1990 Jan;156:98-105.

Psychosocial predictors of psychopathology in epilepsy.

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Epilepsy Center, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, TN 38146.


The 30-item version of the GHQ was administered to 102 adults with epilepsy, and four sets of variables (neurological, psychosocial, medication, demographic) were used to predict psychiatric distress. Psychopathology was found to be associated with increased perceived stigma, elevated number of stressful life events during the past year, poor adjustment to epilepsy, financial stress, vocational problems, external locus of control, and an earlier onset of epilepsy. Multiple regression procedures reduced this list to three independent predictors of psychopathology: an increased number of stressful life events in the past year, poor adjustment to epilepsy, and financial stress.

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