Dissociation in Traumatized Children and Adolescents: Theory by Sandra Wieland

By Sandra Wieland

Dissociation in Traumatized young ones and youngsters presents a chain of targeted and compelling case experiences written through many of the preferable foreign specialists within the learn of dissociation in teenagers. within the re-creation, chapters were up to date to incorporate dialogue of the latest findings in trauma and neuroscience in addition to Joyanna Silberg’s renowned affect-avoidance version. additionally, Sandra Wieland’s incisive commentaries on every one case learn were up to date. every one bankruptcy provides an in depth narrative of a therapist's paintings with a baby or adolescent interspersed with the therapist's personal notion method, and each therapist explains the idea and learn at the back of her scientific judgements. The case stories current many features of operating with traumatized children―attachment paintings, trauma processing, paintings with the relatives, interactions with the group, psychoeducation on the topic of dissociation, and encouragement of communique among the dissociated parts―and offer a frank research of the problems clinicians stumble upon in a number of healing occasions. whereas the booklet is outstanding in its transparent and special descriptions of conception relating to dissociation in young ones, most significantly, it illustrates how concept may be translated into winning healing interactions.

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These models have been placed in a sequence according to the population being looked at by the model—infant, infant/toddler, child/adolescent, adult. Each model will be briefly described and, then, how the model can be of assistance to therapists working with children and adolescents will be discussed. Neurobiology and Dissociation Since the mid-1990s, research on mental health issues has been increasingly directed toward understanding the neurobiology of these disturbances. This is a relatively new area of research for dissociation and is now starting to offer some direction for our clinical work as therapists.

When children become aware that their experience is different, they are often frightened to report it for fear of ridicule or punishment. In addition, children may not have the words to describe their experience (Yehuda, 2005) and little motivation to do so. Dissociation has kept the 12 Sandra Wieland painful feelings, sensations, and memories away—why would they want them back (Wieland, 1998). Measures to assess dissociation in children and adolescents have been developed slowly over the years.

The initial factor is described as a biological capacity to dissociate; the second is the occurrence of traumatic experiences that activate the defense mechanism of dissociation; the third is the linking of the dissociative defense with a part of the self-system; and the fourth is the absence of a nurturing or supportive environment during early development. Later research indicates that the first factor would be more accurately described as a familial factor. , 1995). There is clearly, however, a tendency for dissociative disorders to cluster in families (Yeager and Lewis, 1996).

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