Epilepsy, Culture, Identity and Well-being: A Study of the Social, Cultural and Environmental Context of Epilepsy in Cameroon
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Allotey, P. and Reidpath, D. (2007) ‘Epilepsy, culture, identity and well-being: a study of the social, cultural and environmental context of epilepsy in cameroon’, Journal of Health Psychology, 12(3), pp. 431–443. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105307076231.
Epilepsy presents an identity of exclusion, which at multiple levels hinders the ability to engage with one's community. This article describes an exploratory, mixed methods study (N = 42) of the relationship between the social, cultural and environmental context and the experience of living with epilepsy in Cameroon. Participants were identified as `epileptics', consequently restrictions placed on them reduced their ability to perform traditional roles, affected their social value and excluded them from their communities. Participants detail the effects of their reduced `social value' and the challenges they face in attempts to be reintegrated as productive and functioning members of society.