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Stigma and self-efficacy in people with epilepsy or non-epileptic attack disorder

Study title

The relationship between stigma and self-efficacy* in people with epilepsy or non-epileptic attack disorder

*Self-efficacy is a person’s confidence in their ability to complete a task or achieve a goal

About this study

Researchers from University of Sheffield want to find out if and how stigma affects people with epileptic or non-epileptic attack disorder.

This is an important area of research, because high levels of stigma are associated with lower quality of life. We hope this project will give us some ideas about how to help any people who have seizures and who are affected by stigma.

Am I eligible to take part?

You can take part if you:

  • Have a diagnosis of epilepsy or non-epileptic attack disorder*
  • Are aged 18 or over
  • Are able to read and answer questions in English, without help from other people
  • Live in the UK
*You are not eligible to take part if you have both epilepsy and non-epileptic attack disorder

What will I have to do?

  • Complete an online survey
  • The survey consists of 5 different questionnaires that are commonly used by healthcare professionals. You will be asked questions about:
    - If you have felt stigmatised because of your seizures
    - The types of seizures you experience
    - If you have ever felt anxious and/or depressed
  • This will usually take no longer than 15 minutes to complete

How do I get involved?

Complete the survey here 

Is there a deadline?

This study closes at the end of August 2019.

Who is conducting the research?

  • Lewis Hanney, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Sheffield
  • Lewis is supervised by Professor Markus Reuber, Professor of Clinical Neurology, University of Sheffield

Who has reviewed this study?

  • Yorkshire & the Humber - South Yorkshire Research Ethics Committee
  • The University of Sheffield

Any questions?

Please contact Lewis Hanney at lhanney1@sheffield.ac.uk.

Event Date: 
Tuesday 12 May 2015

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