Psychological response to trauma

Plast Surg Nurs. 1998 Fall;18(3):147-53.


Severe traumatic injuries to the hands, extremities, and face can produce significant psychological reactions. Adjustment problems are more pronounced when the injuries result in disfigurement and significant loss of function. Long after the traumatic event, persistent fear, depression, avoidance, and body image changes result in substantial impairment in personal, social, and occupational functioning.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Body Image*
  • Humans
  • Multiple Trauma / complications
  • Multiple Trauma / nursing
  • Multiple Trauma / psychology*
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / etiology