On the experience of stigma by persons with epilepsy in Sweden and Iran: a comparative study
2013 (English)In: Seizure, ISSN 1059-1311, Vol. 22, no 9, 748-751 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
PURPOSE: The aim of this paper is to compare the experience of stigma by persons with epilepsy in Sweden and Iran.
METHOD: An adapted version of the Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness Scale was completed by 130 persons with epilepsy in Tehran and 93 patients at a neurology clinic in Sweden.
RESULTS: The Swedish subjects reported a significantly lower level of experienced stigmatization than the Iranian patients, which we think is an effect of a more individualized medical treatment and a longer experience of health education in the Swedish society.
CONCLUSION: Improved seizure control, legislative measures and health education are major contributory factors for stigma reduction in a society as regards epilepsy and probably also other medical conditions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Saunders Elsevier, 2013. Vol. 22, no 9, 748-751 p.
Epilepsy, Internalized stigma, Iran; Perceived stigma, Sweden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-81696DOI: 10.1016/j.seizure.2013.05.016PubMedID: 23796412OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-81696DiVA: diva2:658158