The study is the translation and the adaptation for the Romanian population of the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) which was developed in 1986 by E. Bernstein Carlson & F. W. Putnam. The DES is a 28-iem self-report measure of the frequency of dissociative experiences. The scale was conceptualized as a trait measure (as opposed to a state measure) and it inquires about the frequency of dissociative experiences in the daily lives of subjects. The DES score ranges from 0 to 100 and represents the means of all item scores. A high total score indicates a high level of dissociative experiences. Also the study reviews o wide range of studies that relate to the norms, reliability, and validity of the DES. Appropriate clinical and research use of the scale is discussed together with factor analytic studies. Current research with DES is described and promising new research questions are highlighted.
KEYWORDS: dissociation, dissociative experiences, dissociative disorders, Dissociative Experiences Scale.