Original Article: PDF OnlyParanormal Experiences in the General PopulationROSS, COLIN A. M.D.; JOSHI, SHAUN1 Author Information 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 180(6):p 357-361, June 1992. Buy Abstract The Dissociative Disorders Interview Schedule was administered to a random sample of 502 adults in the general population of Winnipeg, a midwestern Canadian city. Results showed that paranormal/extrasensory experiences were common in the general population. They were linked to a history of childhood trauma and to other dissociative symptom clusters. A factor analysis of the paranormal experiences identified three factors which together accounted for 44.0% of the combined variance of the scores. A model is proposed in which paranormal experiences are conceptualized as an aspect of normal dissociation. Like dissociation in general, paranormal experiences can be triggered by trauma, especially childhood physical or sexual abuse. Such experiences discriminate individuals with childhood trauma histories from those without at high levels of significance. © Williams & Wilkins 1992. All Rights Reserved.