Social competence and behavioral problems of pediatric survivors of burns

Patricia Blakeney, Walter Meyer, Pamela Moore, Lyle Broemeling, Rondi Hunt, Martin Robson, David Herndon

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Sixty children (35 boys, 25 girls) with burns were surveyed at least 1 year after burn injury to assess the behavior problems and difficulties with competency that they were having. The Child Behavior Checklist, the Youth Self Report, and the Teacher Report Form developed by Achenbach were administered to obtain standardized measures of behavior and competence. The mean values for these scales were in the normal range for each age and sex. However, the Child Behavior Checklist revealed a statistically significant (p < 0.05) increase in problems and decrease in competency for most age groups and both sexes when compared with the reference population. In contrast, the Teacher Report Form and the Youth Self Report revealed very few differences from the reference population. The burn size (15% to 20% total body surface area, 35% to 50% total body surface area, and >70% total body surface area) did not account for any of the group differences. Further studies involving detailed clinical interviews and other standardized measures are needed to understand the discrepancies between the Child Behavior Checklist and the other scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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