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The Karolinska Psychodynamic Profile (KAPP) is a new rating instrument based on psychoanalytical theory that is intended to assess relatively stable modes of mental functioning, as they appear in self-perception and in interpersonal relations. The 18 subscales of the KAPP and their scale steps are described in detail. The information needed for assessment(More)
The Karolinska Psychodynamic Profile (KAPP) is a rating instrument based on psychoanalytical theory, that is intended to assess relatively stable modes of mental functioning, as they appear in self-perception and in interpersonal relations. The 18 subscales of the KAPP and their scale steps are described in detail and kept close to clinically observable(More)
BACKGROUND Surgeons often "know" preoperatively which patients will achieve good postoperative quality of life (QOL). This intuition is probably based on impressions of the patient's personality. The present aim was to examine whether preoperative personality traits predict postoperative QOL. METHODS In 53 patients undergoing pelvic pouch surgery for(More)
In a group of patients with a preoperative diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, the stability of character traits and modes of mental functioning were studied after a major life event, major abdominal surgery, using the Karolinska Psychodynamic Profile (KAPP), an interview-based assessment instrument founded upon psychoanalytic theory. In addition, different(More)
The Karolinska Psychodynamic Profile, KAPP, is a rating instrument founded upon psychoanalytic theory. Its validity is satisfactory, and high interrater reliability can be attained with modest training of the raters in using the instrument. It enables relatively stable and only slowly variable modes of mental functioning and character traits to be assessed(More)
BACKGROUND For surgeons familiar with pelvic pouch operation, it is disappointing that the patients, although very satisfied to have a pouch instead of an ileostomy, often have difficulty in specifying exactly how their quality of life really has improved. The present study is an attempt to examine this situation. STUDY DESIGN In 48 patients with(More)
Two alexithymia-related characterological patterns, identified by means of psychodynamic assessments in a study of patients with ulcerative colitis, were further investigated regarding subjective lack of well-being. The multidisturbed group (with disturbances in interpersonal relations) was symptomatically characterized by more sadness and by less(More)
In patients with ulcerative colitis, alexithymia and related traits were studied using the Karolinska Psychodynamic Profile (KAPP), a recently constructed psychodynamic assessment instrument, and other measures of alexithymia (the Schalling-Sifneos Personality Scale (SSPS) and the Beth Israel Questionnaire (BIQ)), and other personality traits using the(More)