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Epilepsy Behav. 2012 Jul;24(3):295-303. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2012.04.117. Epub 2012 May 16.

Social competence in children with epilepsy--a review.

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University of Tampere, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Psychology Clinic, Finland.


This systematic review focuses on definitions of social competence and assessment methods and provides an overview of the main findings in childhood epilepsy. A total of 45 studies drawn from MEDLINE and PsycINFO (1998-2010) and their reference lists met the selection criteria. Social competence was not defined in the studies reviewed. The study samples varied and consisted mostly of school-aged children. The majority of the studies focused on social adjustment and addressed problems in this area. Little is known about other aspects of social competence, namely social skills or social performance. A broader perspective on and definition of the assessment of social competence in children with epilepsy are proposed. More studies of the abilities underlying social competence, such as social and socio-cognitive skills, are needed in order to gain insight into the developmental pathways of social competence and protective factors for later development.

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