Coping with body image changes following a disfiguring burn injury

James A. Fauerbach, Leslie J. Heinberg, John W. Lawrence, Amy G. Bryant, Linda Richter, Robert J. Spence

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The influence of emotion-focused coping on distress following disfiguring injury was examined. Two types of emotion-focused coping (i.e., venting emotions vs. mental disengagement) were assessed in 78 patients with bum injury at baseline during acute hospitalization. Body image dissatisfaction (BID) was assessed 1 week and 2 months following discharge. Use at baseline of both venting emotions and mental disengagement, compared with use of only one or neither of these coping methods, was associated at the 2-month postdischarge follow-up with significantly higher BID related to nonfacial aspects of appearance and with a greater negative social impact of disfigurement. D. M. Wegner's (1994) theoretical model of mental control and a proposed motivational analysis are used to interpret these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-121
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002


  • Body image dissatisfaction
  • Burn injury
  • Coping
  • Disfigurement
  • Motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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