Trauma—With Special Reference to Burn Injury

Julie Wisely and Sarah Gaskell

in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580521
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:
Trauma—With Special Reference to Burn Injury

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This article examines the experience of those whose appearance is changed as the result of a traumatic event. It focuses particularly on burn injuries. It discusses the psychological and social impact of burn injury, impact on body image and self-esteem, impact on social interactions and relationships, and influences on post-burn recovery and outcome. It highlights the particular challenges that are presented when a person leaves the confines of a hospital environment and starts to reintegrate into community and society.

Keywords: traumatic injury; burn injuries; appearance psychology; body image; self-esteem

Article.  11947 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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