Dissociative symptomatology and aggressive behavior

Margaret L. Kaplan, Miriam Erensaft, William C. Sanderson, Scott Wetzler, Brad Foote, Gregory M. Asnis

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The present study examined the relationship between dissociative symptomatology and a range of aggressive behavior in a general psychiatric outpatient population. Of the total sample (n = 122), 29% scored above 25 on the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES). Patients with high DES scores (>25) were significantly more likely than patients with lower DES scores (<25) to report a history of childhood sexual abuse, to have attempted suicide, and to report more assaultive behavior, irritability, and negativism. There were no differences between the patients with high versus low DES scores on homicidal behavior. To better manage and treat outpatients with dissociative symptomatology, it is important to clarify the association between outwardly aggressive behavior and dissociative experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-276
Number of pages6
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Kaplan, M. L., Erensaft, M., Sanderson, W. C., Wetzler, S., Foote, B., & Asnis, G. M. (1998). Dissociative symptomatology and aggressive behavior. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 39(5), 271-276. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0010-440X(98)90035-9