Culture-bound dissociation: a comparative analysis.

  title={Culture-bound dissociation: a comparative analysis.},
  author={Eli Somer},
  journal={The Psychiatric clinics of North America},
  volume={29 1},
          213-26, x-xi
  • E. Somer
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Psychiatric clinics of North America
Pathologic dissociation has been defined as a ‘‘disturbance or alteration in the normally integrated functions of identity, memory or consciousness’’ [1] and as having a probable post-traumatic etiology [2,3]. The concept has generated considerable controversy that is centered on whether dissociative disorders (in particular, dissociative identity disorder) are valid clinical diagnoses [4,5] and on the import of the increased number of diagnosed cases in North America [6]. Somemental health… Expand
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