This phenomenological study engaged an availability sample of eight, long-term, adult burn survivors living a primarily rural burn center catchment area of the U.S. in face-to-face interviews focused on their holistic health since their burn injuries occurred. Criteria for the primary study involved females (n = 1) and males (n = 7) with an age range of 18 to 65 years and a minimum of 20% total body surface area (TBSA) injuries that required hospitalization in a specialized burn center. The mean age of participants at the time of interviews was 54.38 years. Burns ranged between 20% and 98% TBSA and one to 22 years since burn injuries occurred. Thematic data analysis revealed resilient protective factors as contributing to participants’ post-burn health and recoveries. Resilient factors included resourcefulness, achievement motivation, optimism, spirituality, and empathy. Increased understanding of resilient protective factors and how they impacted long-term burn recovery in this sample may aid social workers in development and implementation community-based interventions in rural communities that promote resilience, health/mental health and long-term recovery for this population and others who have experienced trauma.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Community and Home Care
- Psychiatry and Mental health