Dissociative, Schneiderian and borderline personality symptoms in a non-clinical sample in Hong Kong: A preliminary report

Hong Wang Fung, H.W.-H Ling, Colin A. Ross, J.W.-L Tse, R.K.W. Liu

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Dissociative symptoms are common in people with trauma-related disorders and often co-occur with other psychiatric conditions. In particular, the relationships between dissociative symptoms, Schneiderian first-rank symptoms and borderline personality symptoms are still contentious, poorly understood and require more attention.

This preliminary study investigated these three symptom clusters in a non-clinical Chinese sample in Hong Kong.

A total of 190 college students in Hong Kong completed the Dissociative Experiences Scale-Taxon (DES-T), the 5-item Somatoform Dissociation Questionnaire (SDQ-5) and some sections of the Dissociative Disorders Interview Schedule (DDIS).

About one-fourth of the participants (24.7%) screened positive for one symptom cluster, 12.1% were positive for two symptom clusters; and 5.26% were positive for all three symptom clusters. Preliminary analysis showed that the three symptom clusters were associated with distress/impairment.

Dissociative, Schneiderian and borderline personality symptoms as measured in this study are not uncommon in this non-clinical Chinese sample. The data indicate that these three symptom clusters are highly related but are not the same constructs of psychopathology; the co-occurrence of these symptoms may require additional attention. The findings have significant implications for research and practice. Further studies are needed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Trauma and Dissociation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

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