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ERIC Number: ED011731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Dec
Pages: 78
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Reference Count: 0
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A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY OF THE INCIDENCE OF SEIZURES AND TEACHERS' ATTITUDES TOWARD CHILDREN WITH EPILEPSY IN THE MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
FORCE, DEWEY G., JR.
THIS STUDY WAS DESIGNED TO DETERMINE THE INCIDENCE OF SEIZURES AMONG CHILDREN IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM AND TEACHERS' KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDES ABOUT EPILEPTIC CHILDREN. OF 70,342 CHILDREN IN MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN SEPTEMBER 1963, 318 (A RATE OF 4.52 PER 1,000) HAD A MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS OF SEIZURES. FIFTY-SIX PERCENT OF THESE WERE BOYS AND 44 PERCENT WERE GIRLS. TEACHERS IN 16 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND FIVE SECONDARY SCHOOLS RESPONDED TO A 12-ITEM QUESTIONNAIRE DESIGNED TO DETERMINE TEACHERS' KNOWLEDGE ABOUT SEIZURES, THEIR EXPOSURE TO CHILDREN WITH SEIZURES, AND THEIR ATTITUDES TOWARD EPILEPSY AND EPILEPTIC CHILDREN. RESULTS SHOWED THAT EPILEPSY AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN IS MORE FREQUENT THAN SUPPOSED, THAT STEREOTYPES AND MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT EPILEPSY AND EPILEPTICS EXIST, THAT KNOWLEDGE OF TEACHERS ABOUT EPILEPSY IS OFTEN SKETCHY, AND THAT TEACHERS' ATTITUDES TOWARD THESE CHILDREN ARE HIGHLY VARIABLE AND OFTEN NOT BASED ON MODERN MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE. (JA)
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Epilepsy League, St. Paul.
Identifiers: Minnesota (Saint Paul)