Stigma and Level of Dysfunction among Individual with Epilepsy

  • Prem Prakash Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Ranchi Institute of Neuro-psychiatry and Allied Sciences, Ranchi
  • Vinod Kumar Shinha Department of Psychiatry, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi
  • Pradeep Kumar Consultant Psychiatric Social Work, State Institute of Mental Health, University of Health Sciences, Rohtak


Background: In this study, we assessed the Stigma and dysfunction in the Individual with epilepsy as compared to normal control. Objective: To examine level of dysfunction of the Individual with epilepsy and normal control and to examine perceived stigma of the Individual with epilepsy and normal control. Sample: The present study conducted at Out Patient Department of Epilepsy Clinic of the Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi, included 60 Individual, among which 30 Individual were diagnosed with epilepsy and 30 normal Individual as control group. Design: The present study was cross-sectional hospital based and single contact study. The study assessed the level of dysfunction and perceived stigma in the Individuals with epilepsy as compared to normal control. Tools: Socio Demographic & Clinical Data Sheet, Stigma and Dysfunction Analysis Questionnaire were used for the assessment. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPPS) 16.0 for windows was used for statistical analysis. Results: Dysfunction Analysis Questionnaire revealed severe level of dysfunction in the area of social, vocational, personal, family and cognitive area and personal area' in the domain of disability analysis questionnaire in Individual with epilepsy. There were no
significant differences of stigma for epilepsy in the both group. Conclusion: It can be concluded that majority of patients was male, belonging to joint family and was from rural background and result of the study revealed severe level of dysfunction in the all domain of Dysfunction Analysis Questionnaire but there was absence stigma for epilepsy in both group.
Keywords: Stigma, Dysfunction, Epilepsy

Mar 22, 2019
How to Cite
PRAKASH, Prem; SHINHA, Vinod Kumar; KUMAR, Pradeep. Stigma and Level of Dysfunction among Individual with Epilepsy. Journal of Disability Management and Rehabilitation, [S.l.], p. 25-33, mar. 2019. ISSN 2454-6437. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 apr. 2019.
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