Development and psychometric characteristics of the dissociation tension scale

Christian Stiglmayr*, Patricia Schimke, Till Wagner, Diana Braakmann, Ulrich Schweiger, Valerija Sipos, Thomas Fydrich, Christian Schmahl, Ulrich Ebner-Priemer, Nikolaus Kleindienst, Jeannette Bischkopf, Anna Auckenthaler, Thorsten Kienast

*Corresponding author for this work
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The newly developed Dissoziations-Spannungs-Skala (Dissociation Tension Scale; DSS) is a self-rating instrument for the assessment of psychological and somatoform dissociative features (ranging from normal up to pathological) as well as aversive inner tension occurring within the past 7 days. The DSS contains 21 items assessing dissociative symptoms and 1 additional item assessing aversive inner tension. Ratings are made on a time-oriented scale ranging from 0% (never) to 100% (constantly). We measured the psychometric qualities of the DSS in a total of 294 patients and healthy controls. Internal consistency of the DSS was high (Cronbach's α =.92; Gutmann's split-half r =.92). We found good support for convergent, discriminant, and differential validity. There was clear evidence for the DSS being a sensitive instrument for the assessment of changing symptomatology. Assessment of dissociation and other psychopathological features over the same period of time are now possible.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of personality assessment
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)269-277
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 05.2010

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  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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