Resilience and Psychological Distress in Patients with Burn Injuries

Author: Syeda Afifa Jabeen

Supervisor: Ms. Afsheen Masood

Degree: MPhil

Year: (2010-2012)

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

Abstract

This research explored the relationship between resilience and psychological distress in patients with burn injuries. It was hypothesized that there would be significant negative correlation between resilience and psychological distress. The sample of the study consisted of 50 patients with burn injuries, obtained from four different hospitals of Lahore. In order to investigate resilience and psychological distress, the State Trait Resilience Scales (Hiew, 2007) and Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (Kessler, 2001) were used. In addition to these, self-constructed demographic questionnaire was administered. Pearson Product Correlation was conducted to find correlation between resilience and psychological distress. Independent sample t-test was conducted to find gender differences in resilience and psychological distress. The findings from the current research revealed that there was a significant negative correlation between resilience and psychological distress of patients with burn injuries and there was significant gender difference found in patients with burn injuries. The insightful findings from the current research carry strong implications for the clinicians, psychologists and policy makers who can help to develop and implement the rehabilitation programs for the affected population.

Keywords: resilience, psychological distress, burn injuries.

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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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