MAY 1997, VOLUME 25, NUMBER 1, Abstract 1

A SOCIAL NARRATIVE MODEL OF DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDER

Steven Jay Lynn, Binghamton University

Judith Pintar, University of Illinois

This paper is based on a commentary on a talk that was delivered by Sherrill Mulhern at the Nato Symposium on Recollections of Childhood Trauma, Port de Bourgenay, France, 1996.  Her talk presented a sociological and anthropological perspective on the history of multiple personality disorder (MPD, now dissociative identity disorder) and its treatment.  In this paper, which touches on a number of themes introduced by Dr Mulhern, we advance a narrative model or framework for understanding certain aspects of serious dissociative disorders.  An expanded version of this paper will be published in the forthcoming book, Recollections of childhood Trauma: Scientific, Research, and Clinical Practice, Don Read and D. Stephen Lindsay (Eds.).