|Year : 1976 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 147-153
Study of socio-psychological aspects of burns in females
Vijaya R Bhalerao, Vinodini P Desai, DN Pai
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Seth. G. S. Medical College, Parel, Bombay-400012., India
Two hundred and fifteen women admitted with burns into the female surgical ward of the K.E.M. Hospital between July 1974 and February 1975 were studied.
One hundred and thirty-seven women were discharged, out of which 79 women could be followed up and this paper is based on the data obtained from them about their socio-psychological rehabilitation.
Analysis of these cases shows'that
(a) Social adjustment of post-burns cases is a grave problem and well adjusted cases are few.
(b) The main cause of non-adjustment seems to be physical disfigurement, especially of the face.
(c) Physical disfigurement results in social non-acceptance, loss of job opportunity and feelings of inferiority.
(d) Mental strain is collosal, as the mind is unable to accept a total change of life stale after the accident.
Vijaya R Bhalerao
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Seth. G. S. Medical College, Parel, Bombay-400012.
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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