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Title: Nurses' attitudes towards children with epilepsy


Psychological, medical and pedagogical literature reveals markedly negative attitudes towards people with epilepsy and the tradition of stigmatizing perception of this illness not only in Poland, but all over the world. The important question, which made the author begin her research in this field, was: Do those discriminatory attitudes still exist in the 21st century? Do they affect children and do they refer to medical staff (nurses)? The aim of my research was to diagnose the actual state of nurses’ attitudes towards children suffering from epilepsy. The following research hypotheses were formulated with reference to this question: The main hypothesis – nurses present various (also negative) attitudes towards children with epilepsy which are affected by different factors. And detailed hypotheses: nurses’ attitudes depend on; their experience derived from contact with this group of patients, the level of nurses’ professional burnout, their level of empathy, code of values, the level of friendliness and individual variables such as: age, sex, place of life, years of work. The research encompassed nurses of children’s neurology wards (175 persons) and paediatrics wards (168 persons) in Cracow and Warsaw. The diagnosis questionnaire was adopted in the research with such research tools as: a self-prepared Scale to Examine Attitudes Towards Children with Epilepsy, A Scale of Social Distance, A Questionnaire of Social Approval, the Burnout Inventory, the Scale of Emotional Empathy, A Scale of Values, A Questionnaire of Friendliness Attitude, A Questionnaire of Unfinished Sentences. The analysis of the research findings resulted in a statement that nurses represent various attitudes towards children with epilepsy, including negative attitudes. The attitudes depend on nurses’ experience derived from contact with this group of patients, the level of nurses’ work burnout, the level of friendliness, their sex and work for charities.

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2 - studia doktoranckie

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pielęgniarstwo ; pediatria ; neurologia

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Wydział Nauk o Zdrowiu


Janina Wyczesany

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Biblioteka Medyczna Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego - Collegium Medicum

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May 24, 2019

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ZB-101297 May 24, 2019


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