Dissociation in Children and Adolescents: A Developmental Perspective

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Guilford Press, Aug 8, 1997 - Psychology - 423 pages
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From amnesia, intrusive memories, and depersonalization, to auditory hallucinations, trance-like states, and disturbances in identity, the symptoms of pathological dissociation are among the most devastating effects of childhood maltreatment. How can childhood-onset dissociative disorders best be understood? What is the role of dissociation in the variety of psychiatric problems resulting from abuse? And how can therapists most effectively intervene with dissociative children and adolescents? Drawing upon a vast body of data and theory, this important volume provides a comprehensive developmental approach to understanding, diagnosing, and treating this challenging clinical population. Clearly organized and filled with valuable insights for clinicians and students, the book describes an array of diagnostic and treatment techniques and includes reproducible copies of three validated dissociation scales.
 

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I am not an acedemic but found this book to be the best among many I've read in regards to dissociation. I would highly reccomend it to anyone interested in developmental psychology, trauma, dissociation, abuse etc. Its very well written, logical and compassionate.

Contents

Introduction
1
The Nature and Effects of Childhood Trauma
21
Influential Factors and Common Themes in
45
Introduction to Dissociation
59
Pathological Dissociation
76
Trauma Dissociation and Memory
103
Toward a Model of Pathological Dissociation
128
The Discrete Behavioral States Model
151
Clinical Phenomenology and Diagnosis
232
Philosophy and Principles of Treatment
262
Individual Therapy
276
Dissociative Families and OutofHome Placements
304
Psychopharmacology
330
Dissociative Experiences Scalell DESll
349
Child Dissociative Checklist CDC Version 3 0
354
References
361

The Developmental Basis of Dissociation
180
Dissociative and Altered States in Everyday Life
199
Clinical Vignettes
213

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Trained as a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at Yale University and George Washington University, Frank W. Putnam, MD, is a leading authority on dissociative disorders. He is Chief of Developmental Traumatology at the National Institute of Mental Health and directs clinical research on the effects of maltreatment, community violence, and other types of trauma across the lifespan. He is the author of Diagnosis and Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder.

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