Edited by Annegret Krause-Utz
Dissociation is a complex phenomenon, which occurs in various clinical conditions, including dissociative disorders, (complex) post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD, CPTSD), and borderline personality disorder (BPD). Traumatic stress is considered an important risk factor. Yet, the etiology of dissociation is still strongly debated. Next to traumatic experiences, temperamental and neurobiological vulnerabilities seem to contribute to pathological dissociation.
The effect of dissociation (e.g. on psychosocial functioning and treatment) may further depend on the overall psychopathological context. Improving the understanding of these associations can have strong implications for prevention and treatment.
This special issue invites submissions from different disciplines (psychology, psychiatry, neurobiology etc.), including dimensional approaches based on more recent conceptualizations of personality pathology.