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Sante Ment Que. 2008 Spring;33(1):89-114.

[For an empirical approach to object relations].

[Article in French]

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Ecole de psychologie, Université Laval, Québec.


In this article, the authors address the concept of object relations and its place within psychodynamic theories regarding personality and, more specifically, in Kernberg's conceptualization of personality disorders and organization. The authors attempt to demonstrate the relevance of an empirical approach to object relations by presenting some of the instruments that are most considered. The Object Relations Rating Scale (ORRS ; Diguer, 2001), a new assessment instrument that is different from the others in that it assesses the therapeutic interaction as a whole, and that it is coherent with Kernberg's model of intervention and considers the overall relational manifestations. Finally, the authors present satisfying metrological ratings of this new instrument.

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