TOOLS WHAT IT MEASURES USED FOR REFERENCE METHOD
Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders, Revised (SCID-D-R) A 277-item interview that assesses for amnesia, depersonalisation, derealisation, identity confusion, and identity alteration. Measures presence and severity of symptoms. Diagnosis Steinberg, 1994, 19994, 1995 Clinician-administered
Dissociative Disorders Interview Schedule (DDIS)

A 132-item structured interview that assesses the symptoms of the five DSM-IV dissociative disorders, somatisation disorder, borderline personality disorder, and major depressive disorder. The DDIS also assesses substance abuse, Schneiderian first-rank symptoms, trance, childhood abuse, secondary features of dissociative identity disorder, and supernatural/paranormal experiences. Measures presence of symptoms but not severity.

Diagnosis Ross, 1997; Ross et al, 1989, 1990 Clinician-administered
Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID)

218-item instrument with 168 dissociation items and 50 validity items. Measures 23 dissociative symptoms and six response sets that serve as validity scales.

Diagnosis Dell, 2006 Self-report (but scored by clinician)
Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES)

28-item self-report instrument whose items screen primarily for absorption, imaginative involvement, depersonalization, derealisation, and amnesia.

Screening only Bernstein & Putnam, 1986, 1993 Self-report
Dissociation Questionnaire (DIS-Q)

63-item self-report instrument which measures identity confusion and fragmentation, loss of control, amnesia, and absorption.

Developed in Belgium and The Netherlands, the DIS-Q is more commonly used by European than North American clinicians and researchers.

Screening only Vanderlinden, 1993; Vanderlinden, Van Dyck, Vandereycken, Vertommen, & Verkes, 1993 Self-report
Somatoform Dissociation Questionnaire-20 (SDQ-20)

20-item instrument that uses a 5-point Likert scale to measure somatoform dissociation. The SDQ-20 items address tunnel vision, auditory distancing, muscle contractions, psychogenic blindness, difficulty urinating, insensitivity to pain, psychogenic paralysis, non-epileptic seizures, and so on. A shorter version, the SDQ-5, is composed of five items from the SDQ-5, is composed of five items from the SDQ-20

Screening only Nijenhuis, Spinhoven, Van Dyck, Van der Hart, & Vanderlinden, 1996, 1998; Nijenhuis et al, 1999 Self-report

About the Author

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Carolyn Spring is Director of PODS and developed dissociative identity disorder (DID) as a result of organised abuse in childhood. After studying at Cambridge University, she worked for a number of years in Children's Social Care supporting at-risk families and caring for children who had suffered abuse and neglect. She also has a background in business, having been involved in running small businesses for a number of years, with experience in marketing, website design, IT and training.

Carolyn is also Director of START (Survivors Trauma and Abuse Recovery Trust), the charity running PODS, which enables people to recover from childhood abuse and live healthy lives, both physically and mentally. She is also author of Recovery is my best revenge: my experience of trauma, abuse and dissociation.