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J Nerv Ment Dis. 1993 Apr;181(4):246-56.

The Defense Style Questionnaire.

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School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, St. Vincent's Hospital, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia.


The Defense Style Questionnaire has proven of interest as the first questionnaire to reliably describe defense styles. The 72-item DSM-III-R-labeled Defense Style Questionnaire was administered to 388 controls and 324 patients. Eight statistical and two a priori criteria were used in choosing two items to represent each of the 20 defenses. A new 40-item Defense Style Questionnaire is published together with normative and reliability data on a normal population, patients with anxiety disorders, and child-abusing parents. The scores are unaffected by the sex of the respondent, but the endorsement of immature defense styles decreases with age.

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