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J Burn Care Rehabil. 1987 Jul-Aug;8(4):280-5.

Adult psychosocial adjustment following childhood injury: the effect of disfigurement.

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  • 1School of Nursing, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


The literature investigating the psychosocial adjustment of burn survivors is limited and that addressing such adjustment in burned children is contradictory. Forty-two adults, burned in childhood, were assembled into burn severity cohorts and compared as to burn severity, intensity of stress, and extent of disfigurement and disability. The findings substantiated the hypothesis that the biologic variables of years since burn and severity would not explain psychosocial adjustment in adulthood; lower adjustment correlated with visible disfigurement and less peer support rather than with severity of burn.

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