1st Edition

Exploring Dissociation Definitions, Development and Cognitive Correlates

    172 Pages
    by CRC Press

    A comprehensive, single-source guide to this growing field

    Exploring Dissociation provides a comprehensive overview of the development of this rapidly growing field, using classic psychological theories of attachment, learning and memory, attention, and intergeneration transmission of trauma to map out future directions for assessment, treatment, and research. The book’s international contributors offer a mix of up-to-date research findings and innovative models, blending very different viewpoints in a multi-layered approach that helps define dissociation. The book examines the structure of dissociation, an attachment model of dissociation, parenting, executive functioning, peri-traumatic dissociation, and cultural perspectives.

    As dissociation gains greater attention in mainstream psychology and psychiatry, a variety of theories about its development have been advanced. Exploring Dissociation organizes existing theories into a single source and adds new perspectives and theories to explore three central issues of the field: definition, development in both function and etiology, and identifying cognitive correlates. The leadings experts in dissociation, cognition, development, and clinical science combine existing literature with advanced study, using previous research to further new viewpoints.

    Exploring Dissociation examines:

    • a bipartite model of dissociation
    • detachment and compartmentalization
    • the function of dissociation
    • developmental etiology
    • etiological and intervention considerations
    • parenting dissociation and trauma exposure
    • dissociation’s early roots in hypnosis
    • nonpathological dissociation
    • cognitive strengths associated with dissociation
    • dissociation’s relationship to inhibition
    • and much more
    Exploring Dissociation is an important professional resource for trauma and dissociation clinicians, therapists, and researchers, and a vital classroom text for graduate students in both cognitive and clinical psychology.

    • Introduction: Exploring Dissociation: Setting the Course (Anne P. DePrince and Lisa DeMarni Cromer)
    • Different Types of “Dissociation” Have Different Psychological Mechanisms (Richard J. Brown)
    • The Dissociative Processing Style: A Cognitive Organization Activated by Perceived or Actual Threat in Clinical Dissociators (Martin J. Dorahy)
    • A Model of Dissociation Based on Attachment Theory and Research (Giovanni Liotti)
    • Development of Dissociation: Examining the Relationship Between Parenting, Maternal Trauma and Child Dissociation (Ann Chu and Anne P. DePrince)
    • Investigating Peri-Traumatic Dissociation Using Hypnosis During a Traumatic Film (Emily A. Holmes, David A. Oakley, Ailsa D. P. Stuart, and Chris R. Brewin)
    • Dissociation: Cognitive Capacity or Dysfunction? (Michiel B. de Ruiter, Bernet M. Elzinga, and R. Hans Phaf)
    • The Relationship Between Executive Attention and Dissociation in Children (Lisa DeMarni Cromer, Courtney Stevens, Anne P. DePrince, and Katherine Pears)
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Anne P. Deprince, Lisa Demarni Cromer