The Dissociative Experiences Scale is a screening tool for dissociative disorders. It assesses dissociative symptoms, and can be used to indicate whether a clinical interview for dissociative disorders may be helpful.
It is a questionnaire with scoring information explained, and states typical scores for dissociative symptoms in dissociative identity disorder, other specified dissociative disorder/DDNOS (referred to as Dissociative Disorder NOS), PTSD, borderline personality disorder and eating disorders amongst others.
Read more about the Dissociative Experiences Scale, and different diagnostic tools for dissociative disorders.
Printable copy of the DES-II (from traumadissociation.com).
The last page of the printable copy above states “The Dissociative Experiences Scale II (DES II) is a copyright-free, screening instrument. According to its authors, Carlson and Putnam, “it is a brief, self-report measure of the frequency of dissociative experiences. The scale was developed to provide a reliable, valid, and convenient way to quantify dissociative experiences. A response scale that allows subject to quantify their experiences for each item was used so that scores could reflect a wider range of dissociative symptomatology than possible using a dichotomous (yes/no) format.” (see Dissociation 6 (1): 16-23)”
The original document was published in in the Appendix of the journal Dissociation, with different formatting:
An update on the Dissociative Experience Scale. Carlson, Eve B.; Putnam, Frank W. Dissociation 6 (1): 16-27.
THE DES II
A second version of the DES has been developed that is easier 10 score than the original version. The response scale has been changed from a visual analog scale to a format of numbers from 0 to 100 (by 10s). The subject is instructed to circle a number for each item that best describes the percentage of time they have the experience. A copy of this measure can be found in Appendix A and researchers and clinicians are welcome to reproduce the scale for their use without specific permission.
Translations of the DES-II and DES
A number of translations can be purchased from Sidran, translations include cultural adaptions (for example methods of transport in some areas may also include a bicycle).
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