Future Directions

  • Kenneth J. Tarnowski
  • Ronald T. Brown
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Given the breadth and complexity of the issues discussed in the preceding chapters, the tasks of deriving general conclusions and outlining a prospectus for future research are challenging. As we have seen, in many ways burns are a unique type of injury. However, we have also demonstrated that burns share some of the characteristics exhibited in other forms of acute trauma and in chronic illness. Although the previous chapters have emphasized the importance of being well versed with the medical, surgical, developmental, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, social, and preventive considerations associated with pediatric burns, it also may be beneficial to incorporate these findings with those in the broader injury, chronic illness, and rehabilitation literature. A summary comment by Dell Orto (1991) approximates the intent. In discussing the psychological and social impact of disability, Dell Orto noted that:
  • No one is completely prepared for illness or disability

  • Illness changes a family and challenges its resources

  • The illness process brings out the best and worst in people

  • Disability can deplete resources as well as create them

  • Often the only support is the family

  • All people do not have families they can rely on

  • Not all family members are capable of responding to the illness and disability of a family member

  • New skills are needed to meet the new challenges created by illness

  • Coping with chronic disability is an ongoing developmental process

  • Existing health care resources can help as well as hinder adjustment [p. 333]


Body Image School Integration Pediatric Psychology Preceding Chapter Premorbid Functioning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth J. Tarnowski
    • 1
  • Ronald T. Brown
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South FloridaFort MyersUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and PediatricsEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA

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