Differences in behavioral perceptions between young adult burn survivors and cross-informants

William Russell, Charles E. Holzer, Rhonda S. Robert, Christopher Thomas, Patricia Blakeney, Walter J. Meyer

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The purpose of this study is to gain insight into the level of agreement, in terms of personal problems, between burn survivors and an informant with whom they have a close personal relationship. Participants in the study were 72 young adult burn survivors between the ages of 18 and 28 with a mean age of 20.9 ± 2.6 years. There were 37 males and 35 females in the group. The mean total burn surface area was 55.34 ± 19.9% with injuries occurring before the age of 18, a minimum of 2 years prior to the study with a mean of 14.3 ± 4.9 years since burned. To assess this issue the participants completed The Young Adult Self-Report (YASR), and the informants completed The Young Adult Behavior Checklist (YABCL). In relationship to burn survivors, the informant group comprised 67% mothers, 3% fathers, and 30% domestic partners. Paired t-test and Pearson Correlations Coefficients were calculated to compare the differences and variance of the Total Problems Scale, Internalizing Scale and Externalizing Scale for the YABCL and YASR results. The family members of burn survivors reported more problems for their young adult relatives than did the informants of the reference population. In general, the YACBL scores were higher than and highly correlated to the YASR scores. Although there were not ethic differences in the YABCL and the YASR measures, the correlation between the YABCL and the YASR was excellent for Caucasian families but not good for Black and Hispanic families. This study supports concerns about the need for routine follow-up into adulthood for those individuals who were burned as children. This would seem to be especially critical for the female population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)750-755
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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