Validation of the Hebrew Version of the Dissociative Experiences Scale (H-DES) in Israel

Eli Somer, Michael Dolgin, Meir Saadon
2001 Journal of Trauma & Dissociation  
Ob jec tives : The pur pose of this re search was to ex plore the va lid ity of the con cept of dis so ci a tion as mea sured by a He brew version of the Dissociative Ex pe ri ences Scale (H-DES) in Is rael. De sign : The first study ex am ined the re li abil ity and va lid ity of the H-DES by as sess ing 340 con sec u tive ad mis sions to an Is raeli out pa tient clinic, and 290 non-clin i cal sub jects. The sec ond study ex plored the construct va lid ity of the con cept of dis so ci a tion
more » ... dis so ci a tion by study ing re la tion ships be tween re ported past traumatization and cur rent lev els of dis so ci a tion among a dif fer ent co hort of 70 women Is raeli out pa tients. Re sults: The H-DES has good test-re test and split-half re li abil ity in clin i cal and non-clin i cal sub jects, and is in ter nally con sis tent. Its con vergent va lid ity with the MMPI 2 Philips Dis so ci a tion Scale is good, and it has good cri te rion-re lated va lid ity with DSM-IV dissociative dis or der di ag no ses. The con cept of dis so ci a tion as mea sured in Is rael by the H-DES has high re li abil ity and va lid ity. Con clu sions: The re li able iden ti fi ca tion of dis sociative ex pe ri ences in Is rael as well as in sev eral cul tures out side North Amer ica sup ports dis soci a tion as a valid psy cho log i cal con struct with wide spread cross-cul tural ap pli ca bil ity. This study con tra dicts claims that dis so ci a tion is merely a pass ing North Amer i can pro fes sional fash ion. [Ar ti cle cop ies avail able for a fee from The Haworth Doc u ment Website: are af fil i ated with the Maytal-Israel In sti tute for Treat ment and Study of Stress. Mi chael Dolgin is also af fil i ated with the Fac ulty of So cial Wel fare and Health Studies, Uni ver sity of Haifa, Mt. Car mel, Haifa 31905, Is rael. Ad dress cor re spon dence to: Eli Somer, PhD, School of So cial Work, Uni ver sity of Haifa, Mt. Car mel, Haifa 31905, Is rael (E-mail: somer@re search.haifa.ac.il).
doi:10.1300/j229v02n02_05 fatcat:3j53g7tlcjcftlbtdytxyvucma