Long-Term Psychosocial Sequelae

  • Kenneth J. Tarnowski
  • L. Kaye Rasnake
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Recent advances in the medical care of burns have resulted in an increased survival rate for pediatric and adult burn victims (see Fratianne & Brandt, this volume). Although technological and surgical innovations have resulted in reduced mortality rates, purportedly there has been a concomitant increase in the physical and psychosocial morbidity associated with the treatment and rehabilitation of pediatric burn patients (e.g., debridement, extended hospitalization) (Tarnowski, McGrath, Calhoun, & Drab-man, 1987). Pediatric burn survivors must often live with permanent disfigurement and physical disabilities (Hurt & Tarnowski, 1990; Tarnowski & Brown, in press-a,b; Tarnowski & Rasnake, 1989; Tarnowski, Rasnake, & Drabman, 1987). In addition, the parents and uninjured siblings of pediatric burn survivors are considered to be an at-risk population as they must face the numerous challenges associated with the traumatic injury of a family member.


Body Image Total Body Surface Area Emotional Adjustment Pediatric Psychology Facial Disfigurement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth J. Tarnowski
    • 1
  • L. Kaye Rasnake
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South FloridaFort MyersUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyDenison UniversityGranvilleUSA

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