Embracing survival: A grounded theory study of parenting children who have sustained burns

Vinitha Ravindran, Gwen R. Rempel, Linda Ogilvie

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    The positive effect of supportive family environment on burn-injured child's long term outcome is well established. How parents provide this support as they recover with their children is not addressed especially in low and middle income countries where the burn burden is high. It is assumed that parents are non-compliant in bringing their children for follow up. Using grounded theory methodology this study aimed to explore and discover the process of parenting children in India with burn injury. Semi-structured interviews with 22 family members of 12 burn-injured children and field notes yielded rich data. The analysis by open and focused coding and constant comparisons of participants' accounts revealed a parenting process of embracing survival. For parents embracing survival involved (1) suffering the trauma along with their burn-injured child, (2) sustaining the survival of their child, and (3) shielding the child from stigma related to scarring and disfigurement. Parents perceived minimal support from health professionals and family members. Mothers and fathers formed a team and did their best for their burn-injured children. Assessing and meeting the needs of the parents and empowering parents to provide effective long term care are vital components of burn care. The health professionals' perceptive on parenting burn-injured children need to be explored.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)589-598
    Number of pages10
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Burns
    • Children
    • Grounded theory
    • India
    • Parenting


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