Scoring the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES)

If you dissociate often then have you used the Dissociative Experiences Scale screening tool to check for whether you are likely to have a dissociative disorder?

 

Take the DES first here

 

An additional screening tool for Derealization only is on Dr Marlene Steinberg’s excellent website Stranger in the Mirror.

Key facts about Dissociative Identity Disorder and Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (formerly DDNOS)

complex dissociative disorders keyfacts

This page contains information about diagnosing dissociative disorders and explains what the scoring of the DES means.

Discussing Dissociation

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I hope everyone has already recorded his or her score for the DES before reading this follow-up blog.

If you haven’t yet taken the DES, please do so before reading any further.

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The Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) can be found at:

http://discussingdissociation.com/2009/06/10/how-dissociative-are-you/

http://discussingdissociation.wordpress.com/dissociative-experiences-scale-des/

http://discussingdissociation.com/dissociative-experiences-scale-des/

 

To explain the scoring of the DES, I’m going to quote some material from Dr. Colin Ross’s book “Dissociative Identity Disorder”.  This information can also be found online at http://www.rossinst.com/dissociative_experiences_scale.html .  Dr. Ross also provides a lengthy discussion about dissociation in the general population, charts, graphs, and comparative information with the DDIS, SCID-D, SCL-90, and MCMI.

The Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) is a 28-item self-report instrument that can be completed in 10 minutes, and scored in less than 5 minutes. It is easy to understand, and the questions are framed in a normative way that does not stigmatize the…

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