Dr. med. Hans Steiner

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  • Adolescent defense style and life stressors CHILD PSYCHIATRY & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Araujo, K., Ryst, E., Steiner, H. 1999; 30 (1): 19-28


    This study examines the relationship between stressful life events and defense mechanisms. Eighty seven female adolescent patients completed the Adolescent Family Inventory of Life Events and Changes (A-FILE) assessing stressors in six domains of family life, and the Defense Style Questionnaire (DSQ) assessing 19 defense mechanisms grouped into Immature, Prosocial, and Mature clusters. Increasing stressors are significantly positively correlated with a more immature defense style. Results support the hypothesis that there is an iterative relationship between immature defenses and life stressors. These findings are compatible with a regression model of defense functioning and complement our previous results linking defenses to temperament.

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