Contribution of defensive functioning to the quality of working alliance and psychotherapy outcome.

@article{Hersoug2002ContributionOD,
  title={Contribution of defensive functioning to the quality of working alliance and psychotherapy outcome.},
  author={Anne Grete Hersoug and Harold C Sexton and Per Andreas H\oglend},
  journal={American journal of psychotherapy},
  year={2002},
  volume={56 4},
  pages={
          539-54
        }
}
We analyzed whether defense mechanisms changed and/or predicted outcome during brief dynamic psychotherapy (N = 43, max 40 sessions, Norwegian Multisite Study on Process and Outcome of Psychotherapy). Defenses were rated with the Defense Mechanism Rating Scales (DMRS, clinician-rated) and Defense Style Questionnaire (DSQ self-rated). Overall defensive functioning (ODF) as rated by DMRS changed significantly. We found that the initial ODF's neither predicted the quality of working alliance nor… CONTINUE READING

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