Coping strategies, injury characteristics and long term outcome after burn injury
2005 (English)In: Injury, ISSN 0020-1383, E-ISSN 1879-0267, Vol. 36, no 4, 511-518 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Coping consists of cognitive and behavioural strategies aimed at enhancing adaptation, and the use of certain coping strategies is proposed to be beneficial for health. The relationship between coping strategies and burn injury characteristics, sociodemographics and long-term outcome was evaluated in 161 previous victims of severe burn injury. Functional and psychosocial restrictions were measured with the burn specific health scale-brief (BSHS-B) and related to coping strategies measured by the coping with burns questionnaire (CBQ). Patients were on average 47.7 years at measurement of health status and they were assessed 9.2 (S.D. = 4.8) years after injury. The mean area burned was 24.0 and 7.2% was full thickness injury.There was no relation between coping strategies and injury characteristics except in individuals with a full thickness burn exceeding 10%, who exhibited more Revaluation/adjustment. An Avoidant coping strategy was related to work status, marital status and living conditions, and this was the strategy most clearly related to--Bad outcome-- in all scales of the BSHS-B. Emotional support was the most beneficial strategy and was mainly associated with the psychosocial scales of the BSHS-B.
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2005. Vol. 36, no 4, 511-518 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-31294DOI: 10.1016/j.injury.2004.06.013Local ID: 17056OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-31294DiVA: diva2:252117