Dissociation in Trauma: A New Definition and Comparison with Previous Formulations

  title={Dissociation in Trauma: A New Definition and Comparison with Previous Formulations},
  author={Ellert R S Nijenhuis and Onno van der Hart},
  journal={Journal of Trauma \& Dissociation},
  pages={416 - 445}
Amid controversy regarding the psychobiological construct of dissociation, efforts to formulate a precise definition of dissociation are rare. Some understandings of dissociation are so broad that a host of common psychobiological phenomena would qualify as dissociative. Overly narrow conceptualizations of dissociation exclude phenomena that originally, and for good reasons, have been regarded as dissociative. A common lack of conceptual distinctions between dissociation as process… 
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