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J Trauma. 1998 Apr;44(4):625-32; discussion 633-4.

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

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Shriners Burns Hospital and the Department of Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston 77550, USA.

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.

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