Self-esteem measurement before and after summer burn camp in pediatric burn patients

Brett D. Arnoldo, Donna Crump, Agnes M. Burris, John L. Hunt, Gary F. Purdue

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Pediatric burn injury results in significant mortality and morbidity, from which some children will experience prolonged psychological and social difficulty. As early as 1967, it was noted that participation in a group was important in the resolution of problems caused by severe disability and stressful experiences. Since 1982, there have been summer burn camps for children and adolescent burn survivors. The primary focus of camp is to have "fun" at the various daily activities. The principal goal, however, is psychosocial readjustment. Fifty-three burn survivors attended the 1-week duration annual summer camp. Campers were invited to complete a Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale on the first day of summer burn camp and shortly after the camp ended. Younger children were assisted with the survey tool by their parents. Of the 53 campers, 45 completed both pre- and postcamp surveys. The age of the campers ranged from 6 to 18 years (mean, 12.8 years). Burn size ranged from 1% to 90% TBSA (mean, 30.4% TBSA). The interval from date of injury to camp attendance was 2 months to 15.5 years. Nine campers had never attended burn camp before this year. Twenty- nine percent of the campers had an increase in self-esteem score. Fifty-eight percent had no change, and 13% demonstrated a decrease. The burn camp experience though an enriching summer activity, did not necessarily increase self-esteem in the majority of campers as measured by the survey tool employed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)786-789
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation


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