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Dissociation In Children And Adolescents: A Developmental Perspective (Hardback)
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Dissociation In Children And Adolescents: A Developmental Perspective (Hardback)

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Hardback 423 Pages / Published: 19/11/1997
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Presenting a comprehensive developmental approach, this book examines the origins and course of normal and pathological dissociation in children and adolescents. The volume illustrates the critical connection between pathological dissociation and trauma, and provides a clear synthesis of what is known about the psychobiology of dissociative disorders and the effects of pathological dissociation on cognition, memory, and behavior. Amply illustrated with clinical vignettes, the book describes an array of diagnostic and treatment techniques and includes reproducible copies of validated dissociation scales for all age groups. This book would be of use to clinicians working with child, adolescent, or adult dissociative clients and with other victims of child maltreatment as well as students of psychology, psychiatry, and related mental health fields. PHOTOCOPY RIGHTS: The publisher grants to individual purchasers of this book nonassignable permission to reproduce the scales it contains for clinical use with their clients.

Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 9781572302198
Number of pages: 423
Weight: 848 g
Dimensions: 241 x 165 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
.,."Goes a long way toward educating professionals and demystifying this deeply misunderstood disorder. By placing MPD and pathological dissociation back in their developmental and traumatic context, Putnam transforms the fantastic, dramatic, and often unbelievable presentation of MPD into a comprehensible phenomenon....While this book clearly fills a critical gap in the child literature, it is a valuable resource for all professionals, not only child-oriented ones. The breadth and wealth of knowledge integrated here are impressive....More impressive, however, are the integrity and honest rendering of the information presented by Putnam." --"The Journal of Psychiatry & Law"
.,."offers a thoughtful, sober, careful, detailed, and thorough review of the theories, research data, clinical experience, and suggested treatments of dissociative disorders in children and adolescents. It provides succinct and clear treatment of a fairly complete set of the questions, concerns, issues, and problems connected with dissociation phenomena." --"Issues in Child Abuse Accusations"
"Putnam's 1989 book, "Diagnosis and Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder," has become a standard reference in the study of dissociation and dissociative identity disorder. Now he extends his expertise to children and adolescents....His vivid, engaging writing draws the reader on through a well-organized review of the vast literature on the extent and effects of the maltreatment of children, the basics of developmental psychopathology, and the origins, symptomatology, and diagnosis of dissociation in children. I appreciated both the clarity of his presentation and the way in which he anticipated and "interpreted"the reader's resistance to learning about children exposed to horrific trauma and how they respond with dissociation and dissociative identities." --"Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic"
.,."comprehensive and accessible....This book, which is clinically oriented, helps the practitioner understand how pathological dissociation arises from traumatic experiences in childhood and how this dissociation represents a failure in basic developmental processes. The book covers a lot of ground and provides the reader with a firm theoretical background for understanding dissociative processes....Notably, the book also includes copies of diagnostic instruments, developed by Dr. Putnam and coworkers, that are not covered by copyright and that the reader is encouraged to duplicate and use....an invaluable reference for any clinical practitioners who work with children, adolescents, or families." --"Psychiatric Services"
"This is a comprehensive textbook....The author brings to the task extensive clinical experience, outstanding scientific credentials, and a lucid literary style. The book is wide-ranging, detailed, thorough, and balanced, yet the author is clearly an advocate for the validity and importance of dissociative disorders in children and adolescents....Putnam's balanced advocacy for the validity of dissociative psychopathology is a powerful counter to the message of those who dismiss this group of disorders as iatrogenic. It will be very interesting to revisit the debate in 10 years' time. By then, this book may be regarded as a classic." --"Journal of Clinical Psychiatry"
"Individuals studying child and adolescent mental health, as well as those currently treating children andadolescents, should find this a useful resource." --"Readings"

"This beautifully written volume addresses the very core of how children and adolescents organize traumatic experiences: by dissociating. The rich mixture of empirical data and clinical observations makes this the indispensable tool for any clinician or researcher who cares to understand why these children behave the ways they do, and which treatments are effective in alleviating both their own suffering and the pain they often inflict on others." --Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

"Masterful....It is indeed a rare pleasure to find the most relevant and contemporary research on this topic so well articulated....This is indubitably one of the most useful additions to any professional library." --Eliana Gil, PhD

"Dr. Frank Putnam's most recent book, Dissociation in Children and Adolescents: A Developmental Approach, is a welcome addition to the literature on childhood dissociation. Dr. Putnam reviews relevant research on the role of childhood trauma in the development of dissociative phenomena. Especially noteworthy is Putnam's utilization of a developmental framework in order to conceptualize dissociative symptoms as failures in basic developmental processes. The incorporation of clinical case vignettes brings the concepts described to life and makes them more accessible to the reader.

Dr. Putnam is one of our nation's premier thinkers on dissociation and this book will be extremely helpful to those invested in understanding and treating dissociative disorders of childhood and adolescence." --Dante Cicchetti, PhD, Director, Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester

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