Long-term psychosocial adaptation of children who survive burns involving 80% or greater total body surface area

Patricia Blakeney, Walter Meyer, Rhonda Robert, Manubhai Desai, Steven Wolf, David Herndon

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the psychosocial adjustment of survivors of massive pediatric burn injuries, the change in adjustment across time, and the impact on parents. Background: Patients/parents were assessed at regular intervals postburn using standardized tests of adjustment. Patients who could not be included in standardized longitudinal assessments were administered questionnaires by mail/telephone. Methods: The Child Behavior Checklist, the Teacher Report Form, the Youth Self Report Form, and the Parenting Stress Index were utilized to assess adjustment. Results: On all objective measures, the group of survivors and their parents were within normal limits. Adjustment neither improved nor deteriorated over time. Conclusion: Children who survive massive burn injuries can achieve positive psychosocial adaptation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-634
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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