By Joyanna L. Silberg, Ph.D.
The Dissociative Features Profile is a new instrument currently under development that can be useful to help identify dissociative pathology in children and adolescents. Research is continuing, but in an initial validation study, results suggest that this measure can select 93% of a dissociative target group (Silberg, 1996). An accompanying reference guide explains scoring principles.
The DFP was developed to be used with a typical psychological testing battery which might include the Rorschach, the TAT, Drawings, Sentence Completion, and a Wechsler IQ Test. The DFP may be used if at least two measures were administered.
The DFP consists of two parts--Part I (Behaviors) and Part II (Markers). The Behaviors Section picks up unusual behaviors or presentations of the patient during the testing. Part II (Markers) describes actual test responses. Predictive validity improves when both parts of the measure are used, but Part II (Markers) may be used alone.
Dr. Joyanna Silberg, developer of this measure, is editor of The Dissociative Child: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management, 1996, Sidran Press. She is a Senior Staff Psychologist at the Sheppard Pratt Hospital, where she coordinates dissociative disorder services for children. She serves as chairperson of the Task Force on Children of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation.
The Dissociative Features Profile, © Joyanna Silberg, 1996, is a copyrighted document that cannot legally be reproduced. Under an exclusive licensing arrangement, it is distributed by the Sidran Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization. Income from the sale of the DFP will be used to support research on childhood traumatization.
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