Family environment influences emotional well-being of children with epilepsy

Family-centred approach to care could reduce negative impacts of the condition on mental health

Dr. Shane Goodwin and Dr. Kathy Speechley

Dr. Shane Goodwin (left) and Dr. Kathy Speechley (right) found that family environment influences the relationship between clinical characteristics of epilepsy at diagnosis and children’s emotional well-being two years later.

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Children with epilepsy have a higher risk of developing emotional and behavioural disorders, including depression, anxiety and poor self-esteem, yet it has been difficult for researchers to pinpoint why this occurs. In a new study, researchers at Children’s Health Research Institute (CHRI), a program of Lawson Health Research Institute, have found that family environment influences the relationship between clinical characteristics of epilepsy at diagnosis and children’s emotional well-being two years later.

Congratulation Drs. Goodwin and Speechley on the recognition of this important study.

Please check out the complete article at the link below:

https://www.lawsonresearch.ca/news/family-emotional-well-being-children-epilepsy