The detection of dissociative identity disorder by Northern Irish clinical psychologists and psychiatrists: a clinical vignettes study

Martin J Dorahy, Christopher Alan Lewis, Ciaran Mulholland

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Abstract

A sample of Northern Irish clinical psychologists (N=27) and psychiatrists (N=29) completed three clinical vignettes designed to assess the detection of dissociative identity disorder. Data suggested that psychiatrists and clinical psychologists were better able to detect dissociative identity disorder when discriminating and characteristic symptoms were present. However, the majority of clinicians still failed to diagnose dissociative identity disorder as the most likely condition in a clear-cut case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-50
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of trauma & dissociation : the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD)
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder/diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders/diagnosis
  • Middle Aged
  • Northern Ireland
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology, Clinical

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