Dissociative Identity Disorder ( Multiple Personality )

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Dissociative Identity Disorder can be difficult to diagnosis as mentioned before. However, a scale has been developed to help a professional with their diagnosis of individuals that may suffer from this mental illness. There have been many studies conducted to test the reliability and validity of this scale. The scale is referred to as The Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) and was developed to help measure dissociation in individuals. The Dissociative Experiences Scale is a twenty-eight item self-report questionnaire. How this scale works is that the individual is asked to mark on a line to indicate where they fall on the continuum for each specific question. After the experiment, the scale was able to show high rates in both reliability and validity. The scale had good test-retest supporting its reliability and showed significant correlations supporting the scale’s validity. Thus, The Dissociative Experiences Scale was able to distinguish between individuals with a dissociative identity, such as Multiple Personalities, and individuals without a dissociative identity (Bernstein & Putnam, 1986). Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder) has been portrayed in various types of media throughout the world. Many characters in popular works of media including: movies, television series, books, video games, and comics have shown the symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Movies where the main character suffers from Dissociative

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