Evaluation of the Swedish version of Dissociation Questionnaire (DIS-Q), Dis-Q-Sweden, Among Adolescents
2006 (English)In: Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, ISSN 1529-9732, Vol. 7, no 3, 65-89 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to investigate the psychometric properties of the Swedish version of the Dissociation Questionnaire in a normative adolescent population and also to investigate dissociative symptoms associated with trauma including sexual and physical abuse. A normative sample of 449 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 and a clinical group of 74 adolescents with known experiences of trauma, sexual and/or physical abuse was given Dis-Q-Sweden. A mixed group of 22 abused and non-abused adolescents who answered Dis-Q-Sweden was also interviewed by using the Structural Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D). A test-retest procedure was conducted with 90 subjects from the normative group. The results showed good reliability concerning both internal consistency and test-retest stability. Validity was tested in several ways (criterion, predictive, construct and concurrent) and found to be satisfactory. Significant differences for the total sum scores of Dis-Q-Sweden were found between the normative group and the clinical group with known sexual abuse (p < 0.001). The prevalence of dissociative symptoms (cut-off score > 2.5) was 2.3% in the normative group and 50% in the clinical group. Dis-Q-Sweden has proven to be a screening instrument with good psychometric properties and has proven to be able to capture dissociative symptoms in adolescents with self-reported trauma and known trauma (sexual abuse).
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 7, no 3, 65-89 p.
Dis-Q-Sweden; method; dissociation; adolescents; trauma
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14267DOI: 10.1300/J229v07n03_05OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14267DiVA: diva2:23056