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NCJ Number: 165089 Find in a Library
Title: Current Treatment Strategies for Dissociative Identity Disorders in Adult Sexual Abuse Survivors
Journal: Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma  Issue:1  Dated:(1997)  Pages:305-327
Author(s): P K Lundberg-Love
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 23
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Over the past decade, several clinicians and researchers have suggested that dissociative disorders, including dissociative identity disorder (DID), may be more prevalent than previously hypothesized.
Abstract: The rediscovery of DID is due in part to the recognition that early childhood trauma and the propensity to dissociate are etiological factors in the development of DID. The author attempts to raise clinical consciousness about DID and discusses the definition and etiology of dissociative disorders, their assessment, and an approach to treating the sexual abuse survivor who has DID. The treatment program integrates some of the techniques recommended by others but is unique in its step-by- step flexible organization and in its multifaceted format. The author's experience to date suggests that the sooner a dissociative disorder can be identified in the adult sexual abuse survivor client, the more rapid the therapeutic progress. Diagnostic criteria for and the etiology of DID are described, as well as procedures for assessing dissociative disorders. The treatment process is examined in terms of anxiety management training, the identification of alternate personalities or states, initial intervention, the development of co- consciousness, working through trauma, resolution and integration, and the development of post-resolution coping skills. 32 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child abuse treatment; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Family offenses; Incest; Juvenile treatment methods; Mental disorders; Psychological research; Psychological victimization effects; Sexual assault victims; Victims of violent crime
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