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Diguer, L. Pelletier, S. Hébert Descôteaux, J. Rousseau, J. Daoust, J. (2004). Personality Organizations, Psychiatric Severity, and Self and Object Representations. Psychoanal. Psychol., 21(2):259-275.

(2004). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 21(2):259-275

Personality Organizations, Psychiatric Severity, and Self and Object Representations

Louis Diguer, Ph.D., Sylvie Pelletier, MPs, Étienne Hébert, MPs, Jean Descôteaux, Ph.D., Jean-Pierre Rousseau, MPs and Jean-Philippe Daoust, Ph.D.

This study examined the hypothesis that psychotic, borderline, and neurotic personality organizations (POs) present a progressive differentiation between self and object representations and an increasing integration of their bad and good aspects. Fifty patients participated in the study. Measures included scales of self and object representations (S. J. Blatt, S. A. Bers, & C. E. Schaffer, 1993; S. J. Blatt, H. Wiseman, E. Prince-Gibson, & C. Gatt, 1991), as well as the Personality Organization Diagnostic Form (L. Diguer & L. Normandin, 1997) and estimations of psychiatric severity. Results showed that PO groups differed in terms of the integration of the object and its valence. It was also observed that although object and self representations were closely intertwined, the latter showed more discrimination between POs than the former. Psychiatric severity was shown to correlate more with object representations than self representations.

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