Case Study: Is Selective Mutism a Manifestation of Dissociative Identity Disorder?

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Selective mutism is a rare psychiatric disorder that usually has its onset in early childhood. This case study describes a patient in whom selective mutism developed in adolescence. It was later discovered that he had dissociative identity disorder. The study documents his history, which included violence, abuse, and threats to keep silent. The study suggests that in cases presenting with significant trauma or abuse, selective mutism may be a manifestation of dissociative identity disorder. J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry, 1995, 34, 7:863–866.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)863-866
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • dissociative identity disorder
  • selective mutism
  • threats
  • trauma
  • violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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