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Research Article  |   November 1990
Child Abuse as an Antecedent of Multiple Personality Disorder
Author Affiliations
  • Lynda C. Baldwin, MA, OTR, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas 77550
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Mental Health / Practice
Research Article   |   November 1990
Child Abuse as an Antecedent of Multiple Personality Disorder
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1990, Vol. 44, 978-983. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.11.978
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1990, Vol. 44, 978-983. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.11.978
Abstract

Until recently, few cases of multiple personality disorder were diagnosed in children. Today, the number of cases is increasing at an alarming rate and appears to be most closely associated with repeated sexual and physical abuse. This paper focuses on reports of childhood multiple personality disorder in the literature, the etiology of this disorder, family dynamics, the differences between childhood and adult multiple personality disorder, credibility problems in children, reasons for failure to diagnose multiple personality disorder in children, treatment, and signs and symptoms to look for in the clinical setting.