Dissociative identity disorder in psychiatric inpatients

Am J Psychiatry. 1998 Jun;155(6):844-5. doi: 10.1176/ajp.155.6.844.


Objective: The aim of this study was to replicate reports of a high rate of dissociative identity disorder in psychiatric inpatients.

Method: Subjects were 100 randomly selected women, 16-50 years old, who had recently been admitted to an acute psychiatric hospital. Diagnoses were made by two interviewers through use of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders.

Results: One percent (N = 1) of the interviewed subjects had dissociative identity disorder.

Conclusions: Contrary to previous studies, the authors found a low rate of dissociative identity disorder, perhaps because of the different methodology used.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Comorbidity
  • Dissociative Disorders / diagnosis
  • Dissociative Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Hospitalization*
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • New York / epidemiology
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Sampling Studies