Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


This paper reviews the literature and identifies etiologic and management factors in the care of the burned child. It was provoked by direct involvement with two sisters, seriously burned under similar circumstances, each at age two. Their suffering is shared by approximately 500,000 children each year. Despite the enormity of the problem, psychological evaluation and treatment interventions are still not routinely incorporated into the care of these children and their caregivers. The authors hope to encourage psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to become more involved in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and clinical investigation of the burned child.

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