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Armstrong, J.G. (1994). Reflections on Multiple Personality Disorder as a Developmentally Complex Adaptation. Psychoanal. St. Child, 49:349-364.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 49:349-364

Reflections on Multiple Personality Disorder as a Developmentally Complex Adaptation

Judith G. Armstrong, Ph.D.

Recent advances in the understanding of multiple personality disorder provide the groundwork for its creative reconciliation with psychoanalysis. This paper uses psychoanalytic, modern developmental, and psychological assessment perspectives to conceptualize multiple personality disorder as a developmentally protective response to chronic childhood trauma. Implications of this theory for clinical work with these patients are discussed.

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