Abstract: When a family member is suffering epilepsy, his presence leads to change family systematical dynamics. This study to determine the mental health and coping styles in families of epileptic patients was done. About 150 people of families of epileptic patients who referred Iran epilepsy association were selected with systematic sampling. General health questionnaire and coping styles questionnaire were used. More than half of the population had poor mental health so that >60% of them had physical dysfunction, about 50% had anxiety and sleep disturbance. About 52% had social dysfunction and about 75% had depression. In families with poor mental health, between gender, occupation, duration of patient care and mental health were significant relationships (p<0.05). Findings showed that 50% of families used of problem oriented approach, about 70% of them used of emotion oriented approach and about 67% of them use of less useful and ineffective copying styles. The researchers conclude that the families who had not been able to use various adaptive methods had a lot of stress.
Safavi Mahboobe, Parsania Zeinab, Ahmadi Zahra, Kazemzade Farzane, Alaei Safollah, SayadJou Sekine and Kahouei Mehdi, 2012. Mental Health and Coping Styles in Families of Epileptic Patients in Iran. The Social Sciences, 7: 130-133.