Adjustment Problems of the Family of the Burn Patient

  • Gene A. Brodland
  • N. J. C. Andreasen
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)


Patients who have been severely burned experience an intense and varied trauma involving catastrophic injury, severe pain, possible cosmetic or functional deformities, and a threat to their sense of identity and worth. Hospitalization is usually prolonged. During this time, the family of the burn patient often remains with him to comfort and console him. Because most of the attention of the medical staff is focused on the suffering patient, the family members remain in the background and few people are aware of their suffering and emotional needs. Yet, just as the patient himself must adjust to his injury, so the family must go through a complicated process of understanding, accepting, and adjusting to the illness and distress of the loved one.


Emotional Support Medical Staff Adjustment Problem Safety Valve Severe Burn 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gene A. Brodland
    • 1
  • N. J. C. Andreasen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatrySouthern Illinois University School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Iowa College of MedicineIowa CityUSA

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