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The burden of parenting children with frontal lobe epilepsy

van den Berg, L., de Weerd, A. W., Reuvekamp, H. F. & van der Meere, J. J., Aug-2019, In : Epilepsy & Behavior. 97, p. 269-274 6 p.

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Objective: Caring for a child with a chronic illness adds stress to the typical parenting stress in healthy developing children. This stress can place a heavy burden on parents and may increase when a child displays problem behavior. In general, parenting and child's behavior problems are associated. Furthermore, externalizing (more outgoing) behavior is reported frequently in children with frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE). Therefore, in this study, we first investigated the burden of parents of children with FLE, and second, we investigated the relation between the experienced burden and reported behavioral problems. The validity of parents' reports on proxy measures as well as duration of epilepsy is taken into account.

Methods: Thirty-one parents of children with FLE completed validated questionnaires about behavioral problems and burden of parenting. To examine if parents tend to be inconsistent or unusually negative, we used the two validity scales of the Behavioral Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) (Negativity and Inconsistency).

Results: Only parents of children with FLE who have had epilepsy for 5 years or longer report more problems on the Nijmeegse Vragenlijst voor de Opvoedingssituatie (NVOS) subscales 'Able to manage', 'Child is a burden', and 'Good Interaction' compared with the healthy controls. The subscale 'Child is a burden' significantly predicts scores in about 20% to 49% on the main scales of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), the Global Executive Composite (GEC), and Behavioral Regulation Index (BRI) of the BRIEF. Only 6% of parents scored in the dinical range of the negativity scale of the BRIEF. For the inconsistency scale, this was 45%.

Conclusion: Parents of children with FLE do not report excessive parental burden. Longer duration of epilepsy might be a risk factor in experiencing burden. The findings suggest a link between parental burden and behavioral problems in children with FLE. Externalizing behavioral problems are the most marked behavioral problems, which relate to the parental burden. Parents tend to be inconsistent in their ratings. (C) 2019 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-274
Number of pages6
JournalEpilepsy & Behavior
Volume97
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2019

    Keywords

  • Frontal lobe epilepsy, Parental burden, Behavior problems, Proxy validity, Family stress, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, CHILDHOOD EPILEPSY, BEHAVIORAL-PROBLEMS, CHRONIC ILLNESS, FAMILY FACTORS, PEDIATRIC EPILEPSY, EXECUTIVE FUNCTION, CHRONIC SORROW, SEIZURE ONSET, STRESS

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