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Pievsky, M.A. Putnam, M.A. Abuelhiga, L.S. Freer, B.D. Tiersky, L.A. (2015). Construct Validity of the Immature Defense Style Factor on the 40-Item Defense Style Questionnaire. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 63(3):548-554.

(2015). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 63(3):548-554

Construct Validity of the Immature Defense Style Factor on the 40-Item Defense Style Questionnaire

Michelle A. Pievsky, Megan A. Putnam, Leila S. Abuelhiga, Benjamin D. Freer and Lana A. Tiersky

The aim of the present study was to determine the construct validity of the immature defense style factor on the 40-item DSQ (DSQ-40; Andrews, Pollock, and Stewart 1989) by comparing it to measures evaluating bodily and psychic preoccupation. Specifically, immature defense style was compared to measures of somatization, alexithymia, and cognitive complaints. The DSQ-40 is a widely used self-report measure of defense mechanisms, which make up three factors: immature, neurotic, and mature defense styles.

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