An educational campaign about epilepsy among Italian primary school teachers. 2. The results of a focused training program

Oriano Mecarelli, Paolo Messina, Giuseppe Capovilla, Roberto Michelucci, Antonino Romeo, Ettore Beghi, Roberto De Simone, Antonella Cerquiglini, Marilena Vecchi, Clementina Boniver, Fabrizio Monti, Edoardo Ferlazzo, Sara Gasparini, Chiara Baldassarri, Elisabetta Cesaroni, Giuseppe Stranci, Maurizio Elia, Sauro Severi, Chiara Pizzanelli, Harald AussererElisa Montalenti, Ilaria Pieri, Michele Germano, Teresa Cantisani, Susanna Casellato, Dario Pruna

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Abstract

A cohort of 582 Italian primary school teachers underwent a questionnaire survey to test their knowledge and attitudes toward epilepsy and verify whether an intensive and focused educational program could result in improvement of knowledge and attitudes. The program consisted of a presentation of the clinical manifestations of epilepsy and the distribution of informative brochures and an educational kit on the disease and its management to be used with their students. After several months, 317 teachers were retested using the same questions. Upon retest, the number of "don't know" answers decreased significantly for almost all questions. This was not the case for negative attitudes. The same holds true for teachers believing that epilepsy is a source of learning disability and social disadvantage. These findings support the beliefs that education on epilepsy is more likely to affect ignorance than prejudice and that stronger interventions are needed to counteract stigmatizing behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-97
Number of pages5
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Children
  • Education
  • Epilepsy
  • Knowledge
  • School teachers
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurology

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