Perception of body image in children with burns, five years after burn injury

Peggy O. Jessee, Martha P. Strickland, James D. Leeper, Pam Wales

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Burn injuries and subsequent disfigurement may place children at high risk for psychologic dysfunction. If medical professionals are to aid the child in achieving psychologic resolution and acceptance of the injury, they must be aware of die stage of body-image perception that the child is experiencing. This study was designed to determine differences in body image between children with burns and children without burns through the use of human figure drawings. The experimental group consisted of 32 children with burns, aged 5 to 15 years, studied at approximately 5 years after burn injury. The control group consisted of 32 children without burns, aged 6 to 15 years. Subjects in the burn group were matched to control subjects by age and sex. There were no significant differences in body image in relation to any of die demographic measures except age. Age was inversely related to body image both in patients with burns and in control subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-38
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


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