Dissociation and fantasy proneness in psychiatric patients: a preliminary study

H.L.G.J. Merckelbach, J.M.L.G. a Campo, S. Hardy, T.M. Giesbrecht

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Abstract

Nonclinical studies found that dissociative experiences are intimately linked to a trait known as fantasy proneness. We examined the links among dissociative symptoms, fantasy proneness, and impulsivity in psychiatric outpatients. Our sample consisted of 22 patients with schizophrenia, 20 patients with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, and 19 patients with a major depressive disorder. For the whole sample, levels of dissociation were found to be related to fantasy proneness and impulsivity. There were group differences in dissociative symptoms, with patients with borderline personality disorder reporting more such symptoms than patients with either schizophrenia or major depressive disorder. The overlap between dissociation and fantasy proneness may have important ramifications for studies addressing comorbid phenomena of dissociative symptoms. © 2005 Published by Elsevier Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-185
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Volume46
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

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