Dr. med. Hans Steiner

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  • Defense mechanisms and adjustment in normal adolescents AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY Erickson, S. J., Feldman, S. S., Steiner, H. 1996; 153 (6): 826-828


    This study compared self-perception of defense patterns with objective and independent ratings of general adjustment in normal adolescents.Self-perception of defense utilization by 140 high school students was measured by an adolescent version of Bond's Defense Style Questionnaire. The DSM-III-R Global Assessment of Functioning Scale was used by clinicians in determining general adjustment.Defense style and adjustment were significantly related; greater maturity of defense style was associated with better global adjustment, and conversely, greater immaturity of defense style was associated with a lower level of functioning.Adolescents' self-perceived defense patterns have conscious correlates associated with general adjustment. This study extends the validity of the defense mechanism paradigm to the adolescent age group.

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    View details for PubMedID 8633700

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