Frequency and correlates of depression symptoms among long-term adult burn survivors

John W. Lawrence, James A Fauerbach, Brett D. Thombs

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Objective: To determine the frequency and correlates of symptoms of depression experienced by long-term burn survivors. Design: An exploratory study of a cross-sectional, self-selected sample. Participants: 311 burn survivors who were at least 3 years postburn (M = 20, SD = 15). Main Outcome Measure: The Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire, which is a self-report measure of symptoms of depression. Results: Depending on the cutoff score used, 20%-30% of the sample reported clinically significant symptoms of depression. A hierarchical multiple regression model accounted for 59% of the variance in symptoms of depression. Variables were entered in 3 blocks - burn characteristics, demographic characteristics, and psychosocial characteristics. Psychosocial characteristics such as social support and social comfort accounted for a majority of the variance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-313
Number of pages8
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
Volume51
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2006

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Cross-Sectional Studies
Demography
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

Keywords

  • Body image
  • Burn survivors
  • Depression
  • Disfigurement
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Frequency and correlates of depression symptoms among long-term adult burn survivors. / Lawrence, John W.; Fauerbach, James A; Thombs, Brett D.

In: Rehabilitation Psychology, Vol. 51, No. 4, 11.2006, p. 306-313.

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