Unpacking the depersonalization syndrome: an exploratory factor analysis on the Cambridge Depersonalization Scale

Sierra, Mauricio, Baker, Dawn, Medford, Nicholas and David, Anthony S (2005) Unpacking the depersonalization syndrome: an exploratory factor analysis on the Cambridge Depersonalization Scale. Psychological Medicine, 35. pp. 1523-1532. ISSN 0033-2917

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Abstract

Background. Depersonalization has long been considered a syndrome but there is poor agreement
on its constituent symptoms.
Method. In order to establish whether different symptoms of depersonalization represent the
expression of a single or several underlying dimensions, an exploratory factor analysis on the
Cambridge Depersonalization Scale (CDS) was carried out on 138 consecutive patients diagnosed
with depersonalization disorder.
Results. Four well determined factors accounting for 73.3% of the variance were extracted. These
were labelled ‘Anomalous Body Experience ’ ; ‘Emotional Numbing’ ; ‘Anomalous Subjective
Recall ’ and ‘Alienation from Surroundings’.
Conclusions. Symptoms of depersonalization belong to distinct but related psychopathological
domains.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Depositing User: Jonathan Williams
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2015 13:37
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 06:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56198

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