Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide

Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder

Andrew Halls, Carisa Perry-Parrish, Ph.D.
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DEFINITION

  • Disorder of social functioning characterized by culturally inappropriate, overly familiar behavior with unfamiliar adults
    • Rare, but when does occur is most often in a child who has experienced extremely insufficient care (e.g., institutional upbringing, frequent foster care changes)
  • Disinhibited social engagement disorder is classified under the Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders section of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5)[1].

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Last updated: October 22, 2014