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Seizure. 2014 Apr;23(4):280-3. doi: 10.1016/j.seizure.2013.12.010. Epub 2014 Jan 7.

Primary school teacher's knowledge and attitudes toward children with epilepsy.

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1
Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Pediatrics, PO Box 80215, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia.
2
Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Pediatrics, PO Box 80215, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia. Electronic address: mmjan@kau.edu.sa.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Primary school teacher's knowledge and attitudes toward epilepsy can have significant impact on the performance and psycho-social development of the child with epilepsy. Our objectives were to study teacher's knowledge and attitudes and identify areas in which further teacher training and education are required.

METHODS:

A stratified random sample survey involving a group of primary school teachers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia included private/public schools designated for male and female students. A structured 37-item questionnaire was used to examine their demographics, knowledge, attitudes, and experience with epilepsy.

RESULTS:

Six hundred and twenty primary school teachers working in public (58%) or private (42%) schools were included with ages ranging between 21 and 59 years (mean 36). Most teachers (79%) were of Saudi Arabian nationality and 66% had a college or university degree. Their years of experience ranged from 1 to 35 (mean 13.5). Only 17% of the teachers felt very well informed about epilepsy. Teachers with higher education were more likely to have good knowledge (p=0.009). Teachers of Saudi nationality were also more likely to report good knowledge, independent of their educational level (p=0.013). Overall, teachers with good knowledge were less likely to have negative attitudes including minding to have an epileptic child in their class (p=0.028) or thinking that they should be placed in a special classroom (p=0.029).

CONCLUSIONS:

Primary school teacher's knowledge about epilepsy needs improvements. Their attitudes correlated highly with their knowledge. Educational campaigns about epilepsy are needed to develop a well informed and tolerant community.

KEYWORDS:

Attitude; Child; Epilepsy; Knowledge; School; Teacher

PMID:
24445017
DOI:
10.1016/j.seizure.2013.12.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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