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NCJ Number: 170806 Find in a Library
Title: Concerns and Issues in Treating Children of Parents Diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:6  Issue:3  Dated:(1997)  Pages:1-14
Author(s): G Peterson; B W Boat
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 14
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes reasons why therapists may hesitate to address the needs of children in the therapy of a parent with dissociative identity disorder/multiple personality disorder, and suggests several therapeutic interventions.
Abstract: Despite growing recognition of the significance of family issues in persons diagnosed as having dissociative identity disorder (formerly multiple personality disorder) (DID/MPD), the impact on the child living with a parent with DID/MPD has received little attention. In addition to describing reasons why therapists may hesitate to address the needs of children in the therapy of a parent with DID/MPD and suggesting therapeutic interventions, the article summarizes the literature supporting assessment of the children, and relates clinical observations on the potential impact of DID/MPD on children. The article notes the increasing recognition of child and adult dissociative disorders, the clearly established intergenerational nature of DID/MPD, and the risk for psychological disorders among children of DID/MPD clients, The article's goal is to encourage awareness of possible stressors in these children's lives and to promote assessment and early intervention. References
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Family histories; Family intervention programs; Holistic therapy; Home environment; Literature reviews; Mental health; Personality assessment; Special needs children; Victims of Crime
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