Year: 1986 Source: Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, v.9, no.6, (1986), p.369-382 SIEC No: 19880400

Examines risk factors & history associated with self-immolation in adolescents. Risk factors identified include preexisting psychopathology, family conflict & prior attempts. Discusses impact of burn hospitalization on developmental tasks of adolescence. Presents 3 case studies & a sample nursing care plan. Identifies nursing attitudes toward the self-immolator on the burn unit. Nursing care requires attention to development of positive self-esteem & acceptable coping strategies. (8 refs.) (KM)