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ERIC Number: EJ951708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0952-3383
Caregivers of School Children with Epilepsy: Findings of a Phenomenological Study
Roberts, Jillian; Whiting, Cheryl
British Journal of Special Education, v38 n4 p169-177 Dec 2011
Epilepsy is one of the most frequently diagnosed neurological disorders among children. Epilepsy is continuously linked with academic underachievement and social challenges. Despite the implications that these difficulties have for a child's educational success, little is known of how children with epilepsy experience school. Understanding how to best support and accommodate these children can contribute to their positive adaptation and quality of life. The purpose of this phenomenological study by Jillian Roberts and Cheryl Whiting of the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is to understand the school experiences of children with epilepsy. Data was gathered through open-ended, semi-structured interviews. The caregivers' narratives were transcribed and analysed to elicit the essential experiences of school children with epilepsy. Five categories were elicited from the families' narratives: (1) health-related issues, (2) family coping, (3) academic experience, (4) social belonging, and (5) awareness. This information will be particularly useful for teachers and allied professionals serving the needs of children with epilepsy--as well as those with other chronic health conditions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada