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A comparative study of adolescents in psychiatric care assessed by means of the Defense Mechanism Test and the DSM-IV classification system
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. (Department of Applied Psychology)
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
1998 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN 0803-9488, E-ISSN 1502-4725, Vol. 52, no 6, 527-536 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Twenty-seven adolescents in psychiatric care, assessed by means of DSM-IV, and 33 healthy controls were tested using the projective percept-genetic Defense Mechanism Test (DMT). Three diagnostic subgroups were created: psychotic (Axis 1), borderline personality disorder (Axis 2), and a non-patient group. The test protocols were scored with regard to 130 DMT variables and analyzed by means of partial least squares (PLS) discriminant analysis and by means of a pattern analysis of the DMT variables. The results showed that it was possible to distinguish significantly among the three groups. Specific perceptual distortions were identified among the three groups. It was concluded that DMT is a promising instrument in the assessment of adolescents in psychiatric care.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Informa Healthcare, 1998. Vol. 52, no 6, 527-536 p.
Keyword [en]
Adolescents, Defense Mechanism Test, DSM-IV diagnoses, Multivariate analysis, Projective methods
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-99275DOI: 10.1080/08039489850139328OAI: diva2:786371
Available from: 2015-02-05 Created: 2015-02-05 Last updated: 2015-04-10Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Defense mechanism test och ungdomar
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Defense mechanism test och ungdomar
1998 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 1998. 86 p.
Adolescence, Defense Mechanism Test, Projective methods, Multivariate analysis, Defenses, Gender Differences
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Psychiatry Applied Psychology
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96882 (URN)91-7191-476-5 (ISBN)
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1998-06-11, bt 102, Beteendevetarhuset, Umeå University, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:15

Diss. (sammanfattning) Umeå : Umeå universitet, 1998, Härtill 4 uppsatser.

Available from: 2015-02-04 Created: 2014-12-05 Last updated: 2015-04-08Bibliographically approved

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