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Lindbom-Jakobsson, M. Lindgren, L. (2001). Integration or Sealing-Over: A Pilot Study of Coping Strategies of Severely Traumatised Patients. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 10(1):27-34.

(2001). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 10(1):27-34

Integration or Sealing-Over: A Pilot Study of Coping Strategies of Severely Traumatised Patients

Marika Lindbom-Jakobsson and Lena Lindgren

To improve the initial decision about recommended treatment strategies for patients who have experienced political persecution and torture we needed an instrument that could help us observe patients' coping styles. In order to assess coping style the Integration/Sealing-over Global Scale was adapted for man-made traumatic experiences. A semi-structured interview-guide regarding crucial psycho-dynamic aspects relevant to these experiences was created. In order to try out the interview-guide, interviews were conducted with four former patients. Whether psychoanalytical psychotherapy can influence the patient's coping style is also discussed.

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