Epilepsy self-management: Partial replication and extension


  • Dr. Colleen Dilorio PhD, RN, CNRN, FAAN,

    Professor, Corresponding author
    1. Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
    • Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, 531 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322
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  • Barbara Faherty PhD, RN

    Regional Clinical Research Associate
    1. Burroughs Welcome, Atlanta. Brigitte Manteuffel, MA, is an assistant professor of nursing and a doctoral candidate at Emory University
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The purpose of this study was to determine the association between selected social cognitive variables and self-management behaviors among a sample of adults with epilepsy. The study, based on Social Cognitive Theory, was a partial replication and extension of a previous study that explored the role of self-efficacy and social support in epilepsy self-management. The variables examined in the present study were self-efficacy, social support, regimen-specific support, self-esteem, and self-management. Data collected from 80 adults attending an epilepsy clinic were analyzed using correlation and regression procedures. Statistically significant relationships were found between self-efficacy and self-management and between regimen-specific support and self-management. Regression analyses revealed that self-efficacy and regimen-specific support made significant contributions to the variance in self-management, whereas social support and self-esteem did not.