Prevalence, comorbidity and course of trauma reactions in young burn-injured children

De Young, Alexandra C., Kenardy, Justin A., Cobham, Vanessa E. and Kimble, Roy (2012) Prevalence, comorbidity and course of trauma reactions in young burn-injured children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53 1: 56-63. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2011.02431.x

Author De Young, Alexandra C.
Kenardy, Justin A.
Cobham, Vanessa E.
Kimble, Roy
Title Prevalence, comorbidity and course of trauma reactions in young burn-injured children
Journal name Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-7610
Publication date 2012-01-14
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2011.02431.x
Volume 53
Issue 1
Start page 56
End page 63
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Infants, toddlers and preschoolers are the highest risk group for burn injury. However, to
date this population has been largely neglected. This study examined the prevalence, onset, comorbidity
and recovery patterns of posttrauma reactions in young children with burns. Methods: Parents of 130
unintentionally burned children (1–6 years) participated in the study. The Diagnostic Infant Preschool
Assessment was conducted with parents at 1 and 6 months postinjury. Results: The majority of children
were resilient. However, 35% were diagnosed with at least one psychological disorder, there was a
high rate of comorbidity with posttraumatic stress disorder, and 8% of children did not experience
recovery in distress levels over the course of 6 months. Conclusions: These outcomes are likely to have
serious repercussions for a young child’s medical and psychosocial recovery as well as their normal
developmental trajectories. It is recommended that screening, prevention and early intervention
resources are incorporated into paediatric health care settings to optimise children’s psychological
adjustment following burn injury.
Keyword Preschool children
Posttraumatic stress disorder
Psychological disorder
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This is a CONROD publication. Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue) Article first published online: 14 JUN 2011

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