Maternal and child psychological sequelae in paediatric burn injuries

Lindsey Kent, H King, R Cochrane

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Abstract

It is a commonly held belief that many children suffer psychological sequelae following burn injury. This six month controlled, prospective, follow up study was designed to investigate psychological sequelae in children and their mothers following paediatric burn injury. The study employed a sample of 40 children with burn injuries, and their mothers with three control groups, each of 40 children and their mothers: an acutely ill group, a fracture group and a non ill/injured group. Measures at initial contact and 6 month follow up included the Child Behaviour Checklist and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. The results demonstrated higher initial maternal anxiety scores in the burn, compared to the fracture and non ill/injured groups, which remained comparatively high 6 months later even though they decreased over time. Children with burn injuries, of the type included in this study, did not appear to develop significant psychological or behavioural sequelae. Following paediatric burn injury mothers appear to be at higher risk than children for developing psychological sequelae, which may have longer term implications for the child's outcome such as affecting compliance with treatment. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-322
Number of pages6
JournalBurns
Volume26
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2000

Keywords

  • burns
  • children
  • mothers
  • psychology
  • THERMAL-INJURY
  • SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS
  • SCARRED CHILDREN
  • PRESCHOOL-CHILD
  • YOUNG
  • MOTHERS
  • PREVENTION
  • SURVIVORS
  • LIFE

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