Brief ReportsTemporal Stability of Dissociative Symptoms in the General PopulationMaraldi, Everton de Oliveira PhDAuthor Information Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. Send reprint requests to Everton de Oliveira Maraldi, PhD, Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Rua Ministro Godoy, 969, 4° andar, Sala 4E-09, 05015-901 Perdizes, São Paulo, Brazil. E-mail: [email protected]. Ethical considerations: The study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Institute of Psychology of the University of São Paulo. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: January 2022 - Volume 210 - Issue 1 - p 68-70 doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001411 Buy Metrics Abstract The most widely used measure to quantify dissociative symptoms is the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES). However, little information is available concerning its temporal stability. The purpose of this study was to assess the stability of DES scores after 4 years. A total of 316 respondents recruited from a general population in Brazil took part in baseline and follow-up (70.57% were men; mean age = 32.97, SD = 10.95, minimum = 22, maximum = 74). Temporal stability was assessed through test-retest correlations and mean-level stability analyses. We found that the DES total and subscale scores revealed moderate test-retest correlations, with small variations among the DES factors. No significant difference (p > 0.05) was found between average scores for times 1 and 2. Overall, DES scores are significantly stable over time. Future studies would benefit from an investigation of the correlates and predictors of dissociation at different time points. Copyright © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.