Evaluating the psychosocial adjustment of 2- and 3-year-old pediatric burn survivors

Walter J. Meyer, Rhonda Robert, Luanne Murphy, Patricia E. Blakeney

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Very little information has been published about 2- and 3-year-old children who have experienced major burns. This study used a standardized instrument to measure the behavioral adjustment of these young burn survivors, and the results were compared with those of a nonclinical normative sample. Thirty-three pediatric burn survivors with 50% ± 28% total body surface area burns were evaluated 1.2 ± 0.7 years postburn. Parental observations were assessed with the use of the Child Behavior Checklist for 2- and 3-Year-Olds, a 99-item standardized checklist designed to identify behavior problems. Forty of the questions are specific to 2- and 3-year-olds, and the scores of male and female children are not differentiated. The raw scores of the children with burns were statistically compared with the reported normative sample for this version of the Child Behavior Checklist. Pediatric burn survivors in this sample exhibited significantly more internalizing behaviors than the children in the normative group. Parents reported children who had been burned to be more depressed and to have more somatic complaints and sleep problems. Determining the relationship of behavior problems to posttrauma sequelae and preburn environmental factors would assist with the establishment of appropriate psychosocial interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-184
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • General Nursing
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • General Health Professions


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