Dissociation in foster preschoolers: A replication and assessment study

Annmarie C. Hulette, Philip A. Fisher, Hyoun K. Kim, William Ganger, John Landsverk

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Abstract

This study replicated the Child Behavior Checklist factor structure of traumatic sequelae in maltreated children that was established by A. C. Hulette and colleagues (in press; see also A. Cholankeril et al., 2007). The factors represent dissociation and posttraumatic stress disorder symptomatology. The present study also examined the extent to which these 2 factor scores varied depending on specific maltreatment experiences. Results indicated that children who experienced both physical and sexual abuse in addition to neglect had significantly higher levels of dissociation than children who experienced (a) sexual abuse alone or with neglect, (b) physical abuse alone or with neglect, or (c) only neglect. The current study provides evidence that children who experience multiple forms of maltreatment are more likely to be dissociative, perhaps due to a greater need for a coping mechanism to manage the distress of that maltreatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-190
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Trauma and Dissociation
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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ABSTRACT. This study replicated the Child Behavior Checklist factor structure of traumatic sequelae in maltreated children that was established by A. C. Hulette and colleagues (in press; see also A. Cholankeril et al., 2007). The factors represent dissociation and posttraumatic stress disorder symptomatology. The present study also examined the extent to which these 2 factor scores varied depending on specific maltreatment experiences. Results indicated that children who experienced both physical and sexual abuse in addition to neglect had significantly higher levels of dissociation than children who experienced (a) sexual abuse alone or Annmarie C. Hulette is affiliated with the University of Oregon. Philip A. Fisher and Hyoun K. Kim are affiliated with the Oregon Social Learning Center. William Ganger and John L. Landsverk are affiliated with the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center. Address correspondence to: Annmarie C. Hulette, MS, Psychology Department, 1227 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1227 (E-mail: acholank@uoregon.edu). The authors are grateful to their participants and colleagues at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center in San Diego, the Oregon Social Learning Center, and the Freyd Dynamics Lab at the University of Oregon. Support for this research was provided by the following grants: DA021424 and DA017592 (National Institute on Drug Abuse) and MH059780 (National Institute of Mental Health).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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