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Perceptions and Experiences of Female Burn Survivors with Facial Disfigurement

Objective: This study aimed at exploring the perceptions and experiences of female burn survivors with facial disfigurement.

Methodology: An interview protocol was developed based on piloting. In-depth interviews of five female burn survivors with facial disfigurement were taken from Lahore, Pakistan. The transcripts were analyzed using thematic analysis and four major themes were identified; physical appearance, post-traumatic growth, relationships, and coping/adjustment.

Results: The qualitative analysis reflected differences in attributional style, perceptions and individual experiences of burn survivors with facial disfigurement. It showed the importance of physical appearance for different individuals and how their life had changed for them after the burn injury.

Conclusion: Those who had embraced their visible differences post burn injury, exhibited a positive outlook towards life had strong family support, availability of resources and gratitude was more satisfied with their QoL. On the contrary, lack of family support, low self-esteem, and non-availability of resources resulted in dissatisfaction with life.


Zainab Habib

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