Identity Problems and the Adaptation of Nurses to Severely Burned Children

  • Susan Quinby
  • Norman R. Bernstein
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)


The challenge involved medically and psychologically in caring for burned children appears to be unique. Although some of the problems are the same as those usually experienced by both the patients and staff of a general hospital, caring for burned children is quite special in that it encompasses a wide range of medical and surgical procedures and involves the psychological issues of trauma, separation, isolation, threat of death, chronic pain, repeated surgery, and protracted stressful hospitalization. Permanent individual and family changes of lifelong importance frequently ensue as a consequence of these injuries.1 When a child is severely burned and disfigurement is inevitable, the staff wonders What kind of a life he can have.


Distressed Child Mother Figure Ideal Acceptance Make Home Visit Burned Child 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Quinby
    • 1
  • Norman R. Bernstein
    • 2
  1. 1.Worcester Youth Guidance CenterWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Shriners Burns InstituteBostonUSA

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