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NCJ Number: 168302 Find in a Library
Title: Current Treatment Strategies for Dissociative Identity Disorders in Adult Sexual Abuse Survivors (From Violence and Sexual Abuse at Home: Current Issues in Spousal Battering and Child Maltreatment, P 311-333, 1997, Robert Geffner, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-168285)
Author(s): P K Lundberg-Love
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Press, Inc
Binghamton, NY 13904
Sale Source: Haworth Press, Inc
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: During the past decade, increasing numbers of 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 regarding DID, discusses the definition and etiology of dissociative disorders and their assessment, and describes an approach to treating sexual abuse survivors who have 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 treatment process is examined in terms of anxiety management, 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. The author concludes that psychotherapy for adult sexual abuse survivors who meet diagnostic criteria for DID can be more effective when the dissociative identity disorder is diagnosed early in treatment. 32 references
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child abuse; Child abuse treatment; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Crimes against children; Mental disorders; Psychological victimization effects; Psychotherapy
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