Dissociation in Children and Adolescents

A Developmental Perspective

Frank W. Putnam

August 8, 1997
ISBN 9781572302198
Price: $65.00
423 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"

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“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 and adolescents, should find this a useful resource.”


“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