Hanna Betty MA RN CNORJournal of Trauma Nursing: January-March 1996 Article: PDF Only Buy Abstract Traumatic injury can drastically change a person's body appearance and function. The author explores the effect traumatic injury has on a person's self-esteem, body image, and sexuality. The cyclical theory of development provides the framework for a review of two core human values—intimacy and sense of self—adults use to organize and reorganize their lives following a traumatic event. Implications for trauma nurses are included. © Williams & Wilkins 1996. All Rights Reserved.