Social Support and Life Satisfaction of Burns Survivors: Relationship with Demographics

Abstract

Burn survivors are facing many challenges which are affecting their life satisfaction. Even at discharge from hospital, majority of burn survivors reported extra misery and lesser satisfaction with life than the normative samples (Patterson, Ptacek, Cromes, Fauerbach, & Engrav, 2000). Present study was conducted to study the social support and life satisfaction, with specific role of demographic among burn survivors. 60 participants (26 males, 34 females) with an age range of 15-70 years were taken from the Rawalpindi and Islamabad (Pakistan) burn centers. Life satisfaction was assessed with Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) (Mussaffa, Ghani & Khan, 2014) and social support was assessed with Multi-dimensional Scale for Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) (Akhtar et. al, 2010). It was hypothesized that there is a significant positive relationship between life satisfaction and social support among burn survivors. Results revealed that the there is a significant positive relationship between the life satisfaction and multidimensional scale of perceived social support (including significant others, family support and friends support). There are no significant differences on life satisfaction and social support among male and female burn survivors. The level of life satisfaction is significantly high among those females burn survivors who got burn with the thermal whereas dissatisfaction is high among chemical burn survivors, whereas the level of life satisfaction is not significantly different among males burn survivors having different types of burns. The present study results help in providing an awareness to the doctors and caregivers of burn survivors about the importance of social support in increasing life satisfaction among burn survivors.



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Noshi Iram Zaman Khan, Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Shazia Yusuf, Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Samina Kausar, Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan

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Conference: ACP2019
Stream: General Psychology

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