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Burns. 2006 Mar;32(2):235-41. Epub 2006 Jan 31.

Psychosocial outcomes derived from an acid burned population in Bangladesh, and comparison with Western norms.

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Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK.


Assault by acid burns typically results in severe disfigurement, yet the psychosocial impact of this injury is so far unreported. This study provides the first empirical data using standardised assessment scales, from 44 acid burns survivors in Bangladesh. Compared with published norms, individuals show high levels of psychological distress including social anxiety and avoidance, anxiety and depression. Consistent with the published literature, there is no relationship between severity of injury and level of psychological distress. One interesting feature of this population is the relative preservation of perceived self-concept, and this is discussed with relation to the supportive and therapeutic environment of the clinic where this group were studied. We also note an interesting sub-group who were attacked by members of their own family and for whom psychological morbidity seems particularly pronounced.

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