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Impact of pediatric burn camps on participants’ self esteem and body image: an empirical study

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Objective

This study focuses on possible effects of specialized summer camps on young burn survivors’ self esteem and body image.

Method

Quantitative as well as qualitative measures was used. To study possible effects, a pretest–posttest comparison group design with a follow-up was employed. Self-report questionnaires were used to measure self esteem and body image in a burn camp group (n = 83, 8–18 years) and in a comparison group of children with burns who did not attend a burn camp during the course of the study (n = 90, 8–18 years). Additionally, burn camp participants and parents completed an evaluation form about benefits derived from burn camp.

Results

A small positive short-term effect of burn camp participation was found on the ‘satisfaction with appearance’ component of body image. Overall, participants and parents showed high appreciation of the burn camps and reported several benefits, particularly concerning meeting other young burn survivors.

Conclusions

Albeit statistically modest, this is the first quantitative study to document on a significant short-term impact of burn camp on young burn survivors’ body image. Implications of this result for future research and burn camp organization were discussed, including the strengths of residential camps for young burn survivors.

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Citation

Bakker, Anne, van der Heijden, Peter G.M., van Son, Maarten J.M., van de Schoot, Rens and van Loey, Nancy E.E. (2011) Impact of pediatric burn camps on participants’ self esteem and body image: an empirical study Burns, 37, (8), pp. 1317-1325. (doi:10.1016/j.burns.2011.01.009). (PMID:21752547).

More information

Published date: December 2011
Keywords: burns, children, burn camp, intervention, body image
Organisations: Statistical Sciences Research Institute

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 344647
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/344647
ISSN: 0305-4179
PURE UUID: 497c5f37-aa53-4c2d-9f56-a5c6f586ab8b

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Date deposited: 25 Oct 2012 15:44
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:15

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Contributors

Author: Anne Bakker
Author: Maarten J.M. van Son
Author: Rens van de Schoot
Author: Nancy E.E. van Loey

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