Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Rourke, Byron P.,


Psychology, Clinical.




Dissociative disorders (DDs) in adults have received increasing attention over the past 20 years, while childhood DDs have remained little known and rarely diagnosed. Since DDs are treatable and presumed to arise in childhood, early identification is critical. The Teacher Checklist for Childhood Dissociative Disorders (TCCD) was developed as a screening instrument to identify children with possible DDs. At a treatment center for children with learning disabilities (LD) and socioemotional problems, 26 children were rated on the TCCD by social workers, teachers, and additional staff. Children with DDs were independently diagnosed by a psychologist working in the school. The children were also tested on visual and verbal memory measures to compare subjects with DDs to the remaining LD sample; no significant differences were found. The TCCD demonstrated good internal consistency, test-retest reliability, interrater reliability, and discriminant validity. Discriminant analysis revealed that social workers best identified the DD children by dissociative symptoms and behavior sequences, while teachers discriminated the children best by behavioral problems and affective symptoms. The TCCD shows promise as a screening instrument for this often missed and misdiagnosed childhood disorder. However, further testing of the instrument in different settings is needed.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1993 .D648. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 33-04, page: 1343. Adviser: Byron P. Rourke. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.