Somatoform dissociation is associated with indicators of psychosocial intervention needs
Sunday, May 17, 2020
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
People with mental health problems appear to be a heterogeneous population. Given the limited resources, it is important to understand which subgroups especially require certain specific intervention. It has been suggested that dissociation indicates the needs for specific psychological treatments in patients with depression (i.e., dissociative depression) (Kilic et al., 2014; Şar, 2015) and in patients with schizophrenia (i.e., dissociative schizophrenia) (Laferrière-Simard, Lecomte, & Ahoundova, 2014; Ross & Keyes, 2009). Dissociation may be a useful transdiagnostic indicator of the psychosocial intervention needs (Fung & Chan, 2019). This preliminary study examined whether somatoform dissociation was associated with psychosocial intervention needs in a sample of Hong Kong psychiatric service users (N = 111). Indicators of psychosocial intervention needs included adverse childhood experiences, poor family relationship, borderline personality disorder symptoms and posttraumatic stress. It was found that somatoform dissociation was associated with these indicators of psychosocial intervention needs in this sample. The initial findings may have significant implications for mental health practice. In particular, psychosocial service providers (e.g., social workers) may use somatoform dissociation to identify service users who especially require psychosocial assessments and interventions. When working with mental health service users who have comorbid somatoform dissociation, timely psychosocial care should be considered.
Participants will be able to describe some of the common psychosocial differences between mental health service users with and without somatoform dissociation.
Participants will be able to identify the association between somatoform dissociation and indicators of psychosocial intervention needs.
Participants will be able to recognize the needs for psychosocial interventions in mental health service users.
Participants will be able to explain the importance of measuring dissociation in mental health service settings.
Participants will be able to access some measures of dissociation in the Chinese context.