Dissociation : Vol. 4, No. 3, p. 124-128 : The cross-cultural occurrence of MPD: additional cases from a recent survey

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Title: Dissociation : Vol. 4, No. 3, p. 124-128 : The cross-cultural occurrence of MPD: additional cases from a recent survey
Author: Coons, Philip M.; Bowman, Elizabeth S.; Kluft, Richard P., 1943-; Milstein, Victor
Abstract: Multiple personality disorder (MPD) has been described as a culture-bound phenomenon, primarily indigenous to the United States. In order to test this hypothesis, we performed an extensive literature search and developed an MPD questionnaire which was mailed to 132 individuals outside of North America. The literature search found case-reports in thirteen other countries in addition to the United States and Canada. Data from the questionnaire revealed the existence of MPD in an additional six countries. Altogether thirty-two new cases of MPD were reported in nine countries and the territory of Puerto Rico. The symptomatology of these new cases was remarkably similar to that of the cases previously reported in North America. Several new cases of DDNOS are described. We conclude that MPD is definitely not a culture-bound phenomenon and that it probably has a worldwide distribution.
Description: p. 124-128
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/1449
Date: 1991-09


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