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Title: Memory functioning and quality of life in temporal lobe epilepsy
Author: Jack, Roisin
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2007
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The principal aim of this research was to explore whether individuals with temporal lobe epilepsy and significant memory impairment experience lower quality of life. Executive functioning and locus of control issues in temporal lobe epilepsy were also considered. A within subject design was used to explore these issues. Twenty-two participants with temporal lobe epilepsy underwent a neuropsychological assessment and completed 3 questionnaires; the Quality of Life in Epilepsy-31 item questionnaire, the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control questionnaire and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Pearson correlations were used to investigate relationships between variables. A significant positive relationship between memory impairment and quality of life in temporal lobe epilepsy was revealed. Executive functioning was also shown to be an important factor influencing memory and quality of life. The influence of locus of control on memory and quality of life was less than anticipated. The results were discussed in relation to current literature. The implications of these findings for clinical practice and treatment were also considered.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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