Living and working with dissociative identity

K. T. Clayton

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    This paper explores how Australian psychotherapists and lay-persons view dissociation and dissociative identity (DI) from the perspectives of working with and living with these experiences. Qualitative data were collected via questionnaires and in-depth interviews from psychotherapists working with clients affected by DI, individuals living with DI and the partners of individuals experiencing DI. Analysis of these data reveal how the ideas concerning dissociation and DI that are dominant in Australian society impact on those living with DI. The data will be discussed in relation to: 1) the therapeutic modalities adopted by therapists working with DI clients; 2) the evaluations of DI individuals of the usefulness, or otherwise, of various therapeutic approaches; and 3) how alternative discourses concerning dissociation and DI are possible in the Australian lay and therapeutic societies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)252
    Number of pages1
    JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
    Issue numberSuppl.
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventAnnual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society (42nd : 2007) - Brisbane
    Duration: 25 Sep 200729 Sep 2007


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