The main aim of this paper is to empirically assess defense mechanisms trends and personality structure in a once a week psychoanalytically oriented psy-chotherapy with an early adolescent, affected by a General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Assessment and outcome measure included the Shedler-Westen Assess-ment Procedure for Adolescents (SWAP-200-A); process was evaluated through de-fensive mechanisms analysis, using Defense Mechanisms Rating Scale (DMRS). The paper focused on 12 sessions divided into three periods, along 2 years of treat-ment. Quantitative and narrative profiles of SWAP-200-A and DMRS were inte-grated; a log linear procedure was chosen to assess defensive mechanisms trends longitudinally during the treatment. Moreover a Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA) was applied to DMRS to provide a map of the evolution of the patterns of defense mechanisms throughout the course of treatment. Personality assessment and defensive mechanisms showed an inhibited self-critical image with obsessive, narcissistic and disavowal patterns. According to trends during treatment phases, MCA analysis identified decreasing in defensive patterns, while mature defenses in-creased significantly. The study highlighted how non-intensive psychoanalytic psy-chotherapy can help early adolescents with clinical problems to improve their over-all mental functioning. Outcome in terms of personality structural changes and pro-cess according to defense mechanisms were discussed to highlight improvement not just in symptomatology, but also in personality structure and functioning.

Defensive mechanisms and personality structure in an early adolescent boy: proces and outcome issuesin a non-intensive psychodinamically oriented psychotherapy / Di Riso, D; Gennaro, A; Salcuni, S. - In: RESEARCH IN PSYCHOTHERAPY. - ISSN 2239-8031. - 18:2(2015), pp. 114-128. [10.7411/RP.2015.101]

Defensive mechanisms and personality structure in an early adolescent boy: proces and outcome issuesin a non-intensive psychodinamically oriented psychotherapy

Gennaro A;
2015

Abstract

The main aim of this paper is to empirically assess defense mechanisms trends and personality structure in a once a week psychoanalytically oriented psy-chotherapy with an early adolescent, affected by a General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Assessment and outcome measure included the Shedler-Westen Assess-ment Procedure for Adolescents (SWAP-200-A); process was evaluated through de-fensive mechanisms analysis, using Defense Mechanisms Rating Scale (DMRS). The paper focused on 12 sessions divided into three periods, along 2 years of treat-ment. Quantitative and narrative profiles of SWAP-200-A and DMRS were inte-grated; a log linear procedure was chosen to assess defensive mechanisms trends longitudinally during the treatment. Moreover a Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA) was applied to DMRS to provide a map of the evolution of the patterns of defense mechanisms throughout the course of treatment. Personality assessment and defensive mechanisms showed an inhibited self-critical image with obsessive, narcissistic and disavowal patterns. According to trends during treatment phases, MCA analysis identified decreasing in defensive patterns, while mature defenses in-creased significantly. The study highlighted how non-intensive psychoanalytic psy-chotherapy can help early adolescents with clinical problems to improve their over-all mental functioning. Outcome in terms of personality structural changes and pro-cess according to defense mechanisms were discussed to highlight improvement not just in symptomatology, but also in personality structure and functioning.
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