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Defense Mechanism Test (DMT) and Kernberg’s theory of personality organization related to adolescents in psychiatric care
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
1997 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 38, no 2, 95-102 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

75 adolescent psychiatric patients were diagnosed with the perceptual projective test the Defense Mechanism Test (DMT) and also according to Kernberg’s theory of personality organization (PO). The test protocols were scored in respect of 130DMT variables and analyzed by means of partial least squares (PLS) discriminant analysis. The objective was to try to separate the three types of PO, psychotic (PPO), borderline (BPO) and neurotic (NPO) by means of the DMT and also to compare the results with a similar study on adult psychiatric patients. The results showed that it is possible to separate significantly the three groups of PO. The BPO group seemed to be heterogeneous. The results were fairly similar to those obtained with adult psychiatric patients. The overall results supported the concurrent validity of Kernberg’s theory of PO and for the DMT as well. The DMT seems to be a useful diagnostic method in respect of adolescent psychiatric patients.

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John Wiley & Sons, 1997. Vol. 38, no 2, 95-102 p.
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Defense Mechanism Test, projective test, adolescence, personality organization
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-99274DOI: 10.1111/1467-9450.00014OAI: diva2:786374
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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