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Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation

A Clinical Guide

Marlene Steinberg, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-682-8
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Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation: A Clinical Guide is the first book to offer guidelines for the systematic assessment of dissociation and posttraumatic syndromes. This book

  • provides a comprehensive overview of dissociative symptoms and disorders, as well as an introduction to the use of the SCID-D, a diagnostic interview for the dissociative disorders
  • includes chapters on differential diagnosis, a discussion of the relationship between dissociation and trauma, and a sample patient interview
  • serves the needs of novices in the field as well as experienced clinicians and researchers


  • Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction. Escape from consciousness: five core dissociative symptoms. Dissociation and trauma. Amnesia: the black hole of dissociation. Assessment of amnesia. Depersonalization: the detached self. Assessment of depersonalization. Derealization: the unreal world. Assessment of derealization. Identity: theoretical perspectives on the self. Assessment of identity confusion. Assessment of identity alteration. Differential diagnosis of the dissociative disorders. Intra-interview dissociative cues. The SCID-D in non-dissociative psychiatric disorders. The SCID-D in clinical practice: a sample interview. Conclusion. Appendix 1: Severity rating definitions of individual dissociative symptoms. Appendix 2: Sample SCID-D diagnostic report for inclusion in patient records. References. Index.

To my knowledge, this is unquestionably the best single source on dissociative disturbance. . . . The book is a rarity in being so well written that, although directed toward a professional audience, it will be accessible to students at all levels and could well be recommended to patients who have an intellectual bent and wish to educate themselves about the diversity and developmental roots of dissociative experience.—Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

An unequivocally superb work, this text will quickly become a prized reference mainstay for any serious mental health practitioner concerned with enriching his or her evaluation, assessment and intervention strategies involved in the treatment of dissociative disorders. It fills a long recognized professional need by bringing together in a single volume the best and latest of what is known about the concept of dissociation and its value as a survival mechanism of childhood sexual assault. The author is commended for the skill with which she presented both theoretical and clinical concepts in a comprehensive approach to an increasingly visible phenomenon.—Family Violence & Sexual Assault Bulletin

This volume brings both conceptual clarity and operational specificity to an area of mental health practice which is at best a quagmire for concerned clinicians from various disciplines. The scholarship and clarity of conceptualization and expression in this volume are indeed impressive.—Contemporary Psychology

Dr. Steinberg's Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation represents a quantum leap in the assessment and diagnosis of dissociative symptoms and dissociative disorders. . . . I only wish that this book had been available when I was beginning my psychiatric career.—Philip M. Coons, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine

The Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation: A Clinical Guide by Marlene Steinberg M.D., is a milestone in instructing professionals in accurate diagnosis of dissociative symptoms and disorders. This handbook provides a rare combination of innovative and precise research findings with sound clinical experience. Readers will be guided through a systematic method for the assessment of trauma survivors while acquiring a profound sense of compassion for these patients in their struggles toward recovery.—Pamela E. Hall, Psy.D., Founder & President of the New Jersey Society for the Study of Dissociation

Dr. Steinberg's book is a valuable introduction to the diagnosis and assessment of dissociative phenomenology. It brings to life the features of the dissociative disorders, making them accessible and comprehensible to the neophyte, and systematic and more clarified for the more experienced. This is a very reader-friendly book.—Richard P. Kluft, M.D., Director, Dissociative Disorders Program, The Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital

At last! A real 'how to' book for diagnosing dissociative disorders!. . . . This is a book all psychiatric residents should see and all therapists assessing dissociative disorders will want.—Elizabeth S. Bowman, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine

If you want to know more about what dissociation is, why it occurs, and how to elicit the phenomena in a clinical interview, read this book. It is an outstanding contribution to the literature on dissociation and dissociative disorders.—David Spiegel, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

The handbook gives a clear picture of how to detect and diagnose dissociative symptoms that will prove invaluable for clinicians, whether or not they have experience in interviewing dissociative patients.—Psychiatric Services

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