Exploring the Profiles of Acid Burn Victims

Author: Sara Ashfaq

Supervisor: Dr. Afsheen Masood

Degree: MSc

Year: 2010-2012

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study was conducted to explore the profiles of acid burn victims. The data was collected from a sample of 18 acid burn victims (n =   18)   to   determine   their   demographic   characteristics   and   also determine the possible and plausible cause of this brutal act of violence. The study also attempted to outline the possible perpetrator in the whole act. The victims of acid burning hailed from different cities of Punjab since very few hospitals are extending their services in rehabilitation of acid victims. The demographic characteristics of the data yielded the profiles of acid burn victims. The findings indicated that their age ranged between 15 to 45 years, while above teens were targeted the most (77.8%). Unmarried victims were 61.1%, married were 11.1% and divorced were 27.8%. 22.2% of the victims were illiterate, 44.4% were under matriculation and 33.3% were above matriculation. 44.4% of the victims were related to beautician by occupation, 5.6% were housewives and 50% were related to other occupations or were idle. 61.1% of the victims were having 10,000 monthly income and 38.9% having 10,000 of monthly income. 77.8% were from joint family system and 22.2% from nuclear family system. Descriptive cross sectional research design was used to analyze the data. This study depicts the national scenario of the socio-demographic characteristics of acid victims in Pakistan.

Keywords: Acid Burn, Violence, Perpetrator, Rehabilitation.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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