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    The relationship between different types of dissociation and psychosis-like experiences in a non-clinical sample

    Humpston, C. and Walsh, Eamonn and Oakley, D.A. and Mehta, M. and Bell, V. and Deeley, Q. (2016) The relationship between different types of dissociation and psychosis-like experiences in a non-clinical sample. Consciousness and Cognition 41 , pp. 83-92. ISSN 1053-8100.

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    This study investigates whether detachment-type dissociation, compartmentalisation-type dissociation or absorption was most strongly associated with psychosis-like experiences in the general population. Healthy participants (N=215) were tested with the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES, for detachment-related dissociative experiences); the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility (HGSHS:A, for dissociative compartmentalisation); the Tellegen Absorption Scale (TAS, for non-clinical ‘functional’ dissociative experience); and two measures of psychotic-like experiences, the 21-item Peters et al. Delusions Inventory (PDI-21) and the Cardiff Anomalous Perceptions Scale (CAPS). In multiple regression analyses, DES and TAS but not HGSHS: A scores were found to be significantly associated with PDI-21 and CAPS overall scores. A post-hoc hierarchical cluster analysis checking for cluster overlap between DES and CAPS items, and the TAS and CAPS items showed no overlap between items on the DES and CAPS and minimal overlap between TAS and CAPS items, suggesting the scales measure statistically distinct phenomena. These results show that detachment-type dissociation and absorption, but not compartmentalisation-type dissociation are significantly associated with psychosis-like experiences in a non-clinical population.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Depersonalisation, Derealisation, Compartmentalisation, Absorption, Psychosis, Psychometric scale
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Eamonn Walsh
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 15:01
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:23


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