Svenja Taubner

Svenja Taubner
Universität Heidelberg · Institute for Psychosocial Prevention

Univ.-Prof., Dr. phil.

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January 2010 - December 2011
Universität Kassel

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Zusammenfassung Hintergrund Ausgangspunkt der Studie ist die hohe psychosoziale Belastung von Fachkräften im Gesundheitswesen bei gleichzeitig geringer Inanspruchnahme eines Beratungs- und Unterstützungsangebots für Mitarbeiter*innen einer Universitätsklinik während der COVID-19-Pandemie. Ziel der Arbeit Die vorliegende Studie untersucht den Grad...
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Background Home visitation services within German Early Childhood Interventions (ECI) for families with a child aged 0–3 are mainly provided by frontline pediatric nurses and family midwifes. Home visitors are often challenged by difficult interactions with families. Mentalizing, the ability to understand mental states of oneself and others, is a k...
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Objective: Improvement in patients' mentalizing capacities is considered a possible mechanism of change in psychotherapy. This improvement might take place via mentalization-enhancing interventions (MEIs) performed by psychotherapists. The study aimed to explore the use of MEIs in two evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatments for patients with a...
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Conduct disorder (CD) is a common psychiatric disorder in youth characterized by persisting norm-violating or aggressive behavior. Considering high individual and societal burden, feasible and effective psychotherapeutic treatment is desirable. Yet, treatments and research in this patient group are scarce. This study investigates the feasibility of...
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Recently, attachment-informed researchers and clinicians have begun to show that attachment theory offers a useful framework for exploring group psychotherapy. However, it remains unclear whether patients with differing attachment classifications would behave and speak in distinct ways in group therapy sessions. Aim: In this study, we conducted an...
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Purpose of Review Parental mental disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder (BPD), impair parenting behavior. Consequently, the children exhibit an elevated risk for psychopathology across their lifespan. Social support for parents is thought to moderate the relationship between parental mental illness and parenting behavior. It may d...
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In psychotherapy training, longitudinal practice-based curricula for the development of psychodynamic intervention competencies are scarce. Based on Kern et al.’s (1998) cycle of curriculum development we conceptualized, implemented and evaluated a longitudinal curriculum for the development of psychodynamic intervention competencies (DYNAMIC curri...
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The Unresolved/disorganized (U/d) attachment classification has generated considerable interest among clinicians. This is in part based on its empirical associations with adult mental health, parenting practices, and treatment outcomes. Despite decades of theorizing, however, we have little empirical information regarding how patients with a U/d cl...
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Research suggests that mental disorders are associated with impairments in mentalizing, and that addressing the quality of mentalizing in psychosocial treatments may be of benefit to patients. However, it remains to be understood what specific therapeutic interventions can produce these changes. The pilot study presented here aims to introduce a no...
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Zusammenfassung Mit der 11. Version der International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11) erfolgt ein Paradigmenwechsel in der Diagnostik von Persönlichkeitsstörungen: Deren Klassifikation erfolgt künftig nicht mehr kategorial, sondern dimensional entlang der Schweregrade von Persönlichkeitsbeeinträchtigungen...
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»I see her differently now« – A mentalization-based therapy with an adolescent with a borderline and antisocial personality The present study was devoted to the question of how much space relevant thematic areas occupied in a successful MBT with an adolescent with a borderline as well as antisocial personality and how the patient’s mentalizing in t...
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Zusammenfassung Es werden die Ergebnisse einer von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) geförderten längsschnittlichen Studie zur Kompetenzentwicklung von Psychotherapeut*innen in Ausbildung zusammenfassend dargestellt. Die Studie verfolgte das Ziel, die Entwicklung globaler verfahrensübergreifender Kompetenzen über einen Zeitraum von 3 Jahre...
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Objective Previous research suggests that patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) show an impaired capacity to mentalize (reflective functioning, RF). RF is discussed as a possible predictor of outcome in psychotherapeutic processes. The study aimed to explore RF in sessions of patients with AN and its association with outcome and type of treatment. M...
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Introduction: Previous research reported transactional relations between child functioning and parenting stress. There is limited evidence whether a transactional developmental model also fits children below the age of 12 months, especially in psychosocially burdened families. This study aims to test the fit of a transactional model during the fir...
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Regulation problems, such as difficulties with sleeping, feeding and excessive crying, can rapidly develop into persistent, self-perpetuating disorders, so-called regulatory disorders, when high parental stress and dysfunctional parent-child interactions are involved. Regulatory disorders affect approximately 10% of families with children 0–3 years...
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Background: Home visitation services within the early childhood intervention program (ECI) for families with a child aged 0-3 in Germany are mainly provided by frontline pediatric nurses and family midwifes. Home visitors are often challenged by difficult interactions with families. Mentalizing, the ability to understand mental states of oneself an...
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Background Home visitation services within the early childhood intervention program (ECI) for families with a child aged 0–3 in Germany are mainly provided by frontline pediatric nurses and family midwifes. Home visitors are often challenged by difficult interactions with families. Mentalizing, the ability to understand mental states of oneself and...
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Wie Mentalisieren erfolgreich in der psychodynamischen und psychoanalytischen Psychotherapie eingesetzt werden kann – ein integratives Modell Die Mentalisierungsbasierte Therapie (MBT) hat sich als erfolgversprechende Methode in der Therapie psychischer Störungen erwiesen. Dieses Buch zeigt, wie die MBT im Rahmen tiefenpsychologisch fundierter un...
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The 11th revision of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) includes a fundamentally new approach to Personality Disorders (PD). ICD-11 is expected to be implemented first in European countries before other WHO member states. The present paper provides an overview of this new ICD-11 model including PD...
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Background In Germany, approximately three million children under the age of eighteen have a mentally ill parent. These children are at an increased risk of developing a mental illness themselves (1) as well as a physical illness (2). While research has identified numerous evidence-based family-oriented interventions, little is known about how to i...
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Refugees are often exposed to a variety of stressors and traumatic events, posing a significant risk for the development of mental disorders. Young refugees may be particularly at risk because adverse life events affect identity formation, a developmental task that is typically expected in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Trauma and cultural cha...
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Background Externalising behaviours are becoming a remarkably prevalent problem during adolescence, often precipitating both externalising and internalising disorders in later adulthood. Psychological treatments aim to increase the social functioning of adolescents in order for them to live a more balanced life and prevent these negative trajectori...
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Mit dem neuen Direktstudium Psychotherapie geht die Lehre aller Richtlinienverfahren an den Universitäten einher. Zu diesen Verfahren zählt auch die Analytische Psychotherapie, die relativ nah an der klassischen Psychoanalyse zu verorten ist, z.B. liegen die Patient_innen während der Therapiesitzung auf der Couch. Zwar hat die analytische Psychothe...
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Objective Gaining a deeper understanding of how focused parent–infant psychotherapy (fPIP) works by asking mothers about their experiences. Method Purposeful sampling was used to select participants who before had participated in an RCT on fPIP. Nine mothers of infants with early regulatory disorders who had received fPIP were interviewed. Eight c...
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Background: Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, psychological distress is increased. Transdiagnostic mechanisms, including trauma, personality functioning, mentalizing and emotion regulation are considered relevant to the development and maintenance of mental health problems and therefore may play a role in individuals’ reactions to the pandem...
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When a family member becomes mentally or physically ill, the whole family is affected in a broader sense. So far the focus has been on the care of the sick index patient, although it has been proven that the inclusion of the social context, whether siblings, partners or parents, is not only beneficial for better compliance and better recovery rates...
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Zusammenfassung Hintergrund Psychisch erkrankte Eltern stellen einen Risikofaktor für die transgenerationale Weitergabe psychischer Störungen dar. In der Psychiatrie mit ihrem Fokus auf das Individuum werden Patient*innen nicht immer als Eltern erkannt. Ziel der Arbeit Entwicklung und Evaluation eines Trainings für medizinische Fachkräfte zur Unt...
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Background Parents’ mental illness (MI) and parental history of early life maltreatment (ELM) are known to be significant risk factors for poor parenting while poor parenting is a crucial mediator of the intergenerational continuity of child maltreatment. Hence, maltreatment prevention programs for families with an MI parent, which pay particular a...
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Background Due to its severe negative consequences, human violence has been targeted by a vast number of studies. Yet, neurobiological mechanisms underlying violence are still widely unclear and it seems necessary to aim for high ecological validity to learn about mechanisms contributing to violence in real life. Methods The present functional mag...
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Zusammenfassung Hintergrund Obwohl Forschungsbefunde auf einen großen väterlichen Einfluss hinweisen, gibt es bislang kaum Interventionsprogramme und wissenschaftliche Studien, die den systematischen Einbezug von Vätern in die stationäre Mutter-Kind-Behandlung zum Gegenstand haben. Ziel der Arbeit Die Studie untersucht, wie sich der Einbezug von...
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Family members mentalize when they try to understand each other’s behavior on the basis of intentional mental states. This article aims to introduce and briefly describe how the concept of mentalization can provide a useful framework for clinicians to understand psychopathology of children, youths, and families. The authors further out- line how me...
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The ability to mentalize has been discussed as potential change mechanism in psychotherapy. Reflective functioning (RF) offers an empirical framework for the assessment of mentalization in therapy sessions. In the present study, we assessed RF longitudinally and examined its association with symptomatic distress, symptom severity of depression and...
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The 11th version of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11) marks a paradigm shift in the diagnosis of personality disorders: In the near future, their classification will no longer be categorical, but dimensional along the severity of personality impairments and optionally regarding the presenc...
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In Germany, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and systemic therapy are scientifically and legally approved as suitable procedures for treating mental disorders. While all methods have provided empirical evidence of their effectiveness in adults according to defined criteria of the "Scientific Advisory Board for Psychotherapy" (in...
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The manualized focused infant/toddler-parent psychotherapy fSKEPT is a psychodynamic focal treatment of early childhood regulatory disorders, in which either a conflict-related or a personality functioning-related treatment focus is carried out. The aim of the study is to review the effectiveness of fSKEPT depending on two different therapeutic tre...
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Zusammenfassung Fragestellung Die Studie untersuchte die Entwicklung von Affiliation bei psychotherapeutischen Ausbildungskandidat:innen in Bezug auf ihr therapeutisches Handeln, ihre Selbstwahrnehmung und ihre Wahrnehmung von Klient:innen. Zudem wurde der Einfluss von Bindungsrepräsentationen und Selbsterfahrung auf die Affiliation betrachtet. M...
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Background: Personality disorders (PDs) are a severe health issue already prevalent among adolescents and young adults. Early detection and intervention offer the opportunity to reduce disease burden and chronicity of symptoms and to enhance long-term functional outcomes. While psychological treatments for PDs have been shown to be effective for yo...
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Fonagy and colleagues have recently proposed that deficits in the capacity for epistemic trust (i. e., the expectation that interpersonal communication is relevant to the addressee) are fundamental to psychopathology. In this paper, we consider the implications of this hypothesis for understanding the role of aggression in conduct disorder and cond...
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Objective: Early regulatory disorders (ERD) in infancy are typically associated with high parenting stress (PS). Theoretical and empirical literature suggests a wide range of factors that may contribute to PS related to ERD. The aim of this study was to identify key predictors of maternal PS within a large predictor data set in a sample of N = 135...
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Objectives:This study investigated the development of German psychotherapy trainees in professional, relational, and personal competence. Methods: The study followed a naturalistic pre-post design over 3 years and included a control group of non-trainee psychologists. The sample consisted of 219 participants, including 64 cognitive-behavioral train...
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Background Conduct disorder (CD) is a complex mental disorder characterized by severe rule-breaking and aggressive behavior. While studies have shown that several therapeutic interventions are effective in treating CD symptoms, researchers call for treatments based on etiological knowledge and potential patho-mechanisms. Mentalization-based treatme...
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Die aktuelle COVID-19 Pandemie stellt eine große Herausforderung dar für die psychische Gesundheit der Allgemeinbevölkerung und speziell der Mitarbeiter*innen des Gesundheitssystems. In diesem Beitrag wird ein Überblick sowohl zu den allgemeinen psychischen Belastungsfaktoren wie zu den speziellen Herausforderungen für Gesundheitsfachkräfte im Rahm...
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Introduction: Anxiety and depressive disorders are a significant problem that starts in childhood or adolescence and should be addressed early to avoid chronic mental conditions. There is strong evidence to demonstrate that psychological treatments are effective for these disorders, however, little is known on mediators and mechanisms of change of...
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Psychotherapeutic treatment for adolescents with conduct disorder (CD) is considered difficult for various reasons. On the one hand, patients frequently lack psychological strain, and striving for autonomy is part of typical adolescent development. On the other hand, therapists can react aversively to delinquent and violent behavior, and insufficie...
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Background: Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, psychological distress is increased. Transdiagnostic mechanisms, including trauma, personality functioning, mentalizing and emotion regulation are considered relevant to the development and maintenance of mental health problems and therefore may play a role in individuals’ reactions to the pandem...
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Fonagy and colleagues have recently proposed that deficits in the capacity for epistemic trust (i.e. the expectation that interpersonal communication is relevant to the addressee) are fundamental to psychopathology. In this paper, we consider the implications of this hypothesis for understanding the role of aggression in conduct disorder and conduc...
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Research inspired by attachment theory has focused on how early experiences of being soothed when distressed give rise to attachment-related differences of lifelong significance. However, we currently do not understand how these differences influence the breadth of later outcomes with which they are associated. This knowledge gap is increasingly fe...
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Background: Personality disorders (PDs) are a severe health issue already prevalent among adolescents and young adults. Early detection and intervention offer the opportunity to reduce disease burden and chronicity of symptoms and to enhance long-term functional outcomes. While psychological treatments for personality disorders have been shown to b...
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INTRODUCTION Approximately 75% of mental disorders emerge before the age of 25 years but less than half receive appropriate treatment. Little is known about the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic change of adolescents in psychotherapy. The ‘European Network of Individualised Psychotherapy Treatment of Young People with Mental Disorders’, funded...
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Zusammenfassung Hintergrund Durch die Einführung des neuen „Psychotherapiestudiums“ zum Herbst 2020 und die Wünsche bisheriger Ausbildungsteilnehmer an psychotherapeutischen Ausbildungsinstituten ist die Notwendigkeit gegeben, erfahrungsbasierte und kompetenzorientierte Lehre in das zukünftige Studium und die nachfolgende Weiterbildung werdender P...
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Attachment and mentalization are crucial for the individual’s psychological development and well-being, and particularly in the face of adversity, our responding and adaptation rely significantly on attachment and mentalization. We will present three forms of association between impairments in attachment/mentalization and experience of social traum...
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Institutional early childcare for children under 3 years is currently the subject of controversial public and political debate. A systematic review of the empirical research on this topic is still pending and is to be carried out with this article. Using the method of the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses guidelines...
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Objective: Early regulatory disorders (ERD) place considerable strain on the parent-infant relationship and are associated with high parental distress. Brief (4-session) psychodynamic-based focused parent-infant psychotherapy (fPIP) treats ERD by strengthening the quality of the parent-infant relationship. This RCT investigates the efficacy of fPI...
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Childhood trauma is an important risk factor for the development of personality disorders (PD) but the empirical evidence on the differential associations is inconsistent and heterogeneous. There is also a lack of studies on trauma and dimensional measures of PD, despite the inclusion in the current diagnostic manuals. The present study investigate...
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Background Mentalizing is the ability to reflect on oneself and others with the help of mental states. Mentalization-based therapy (MBT) was developed for the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and has proven to be effective; however, the exact change mechanisms in MBT have not been sufficiently investigated. A research approach is...
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Background: Conduct disorder (CD) is a complex mental disorder characterized by severe rule breaking and aggressive behaviour. While studies have shown that several therapeutic interventions are effective in treating CD symptoms, researchers call for treatments based on etiological knowledge and potential patho-mechanisms. Mentalization-based treat...
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Background: Over the last two decades an increasing number of countries have legalized euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (EAS) leading to considerable debate over the inherent ethical dilemmas. Increasing numbers of people with personality disorders, faced with unbearable suffering, have requested and received assistance in terminating the...
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Background Adverse childhood experiences, especially maltreatment, are regarded as significant risk factors for the development of antisocial behavior in adolescence. However, possible correlates are still to be investigated after considering the history of criminal records and the experience of institutionalization. Objective In this study, diffe...
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The aim of the study is to explore whether bereaved parents’ capacity to mentalize is related to their progression through grieving and how it changes during couple therapy. The clients’ RF levels were assessed using the Reflective Functioning Scale and Psychotherapy Reflective Functioning Scale Manual. The content of the sessions was analyzed usin...
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This study examined the professional development of psychotherapy trainees over three years of training. The first objective was to investigate the long-term change of work involvement (Healing and Stressful Involvement) during psychotherapy training. The second objective was to investigate possible predictors of professional development from the a...
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While the rich body of attachment theory and research has inspired many psychotherapists, trainees and less experienced clinicians interested in attachment-informed work can often feel unsure about what processes are attachment-related and how to attend to them during therapy. Recent advances in attachment-informed psychotherapy research offer some...
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Adverse childhood experiences, attachment representations and mentalizing capacity of psychotherapists in trainingObjectives: In this study we analyzed the relation between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), attachment representations and reflective functioning (RF) in psychotherapy trainees. Methods: 90 trainees in the beginning of their traini...
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Mentalization-based Encounter to Challenges in Early Childhood Education with Refugee Families This article introduces the mentalization concept into the field of early childhood education suggesting that it can also provide a helpful framework for working with refugee families in these settings. Mentalization is identified as a crucial element in...
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Mentalizing as a Mechanism of Change in the Therapy of Conduct Disorder. A Controlled Case Study This controlled case study is dedicated to mentalizing as a mechanism of change in the course of a mentalization-based therapy for the treatment of conduct disorder. Following an introduction to conduct, oppositional defiant disorder and the concept of...
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Mit der Reform des Psychotherapeutengesetzes soll die Psychotherapieausbildung kompetenzorientiert ausgerichtet sein. Doch was bedeutet eigentlich der Kompetenzbegriff in der Psychotherapie? Welche Kompetenzen sollten in der Ausbildung gefördert werden und wie kann das gelingen? Im Artikel werden diese Fragen im Licht aktueller Ergebnisse der Psych...
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There is a great need to identify predictors of treatment response, and the analysis of defense mechanisms is a promising approach. Defensive functioning may influence psychotherapy outcome in two ways: First, when it is generally higher or lower for some patients relative to others and second, as it shifts in individual patients over time. The pre...
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Zusammenfassung Theoretischer Hintergrund Das alternative Modell für Persönlichkeitsstörungen des DSM-5 führt erstmals ein evidenzbasiertes, dimensionales Konzept für die Diagnostik von Störungen der Persönlichkeit ein. Kriterium A, operationalisiert mit der Level of Personality Functioning Scale, differenziert das Ausmaß von Beeinträchtigungen im...
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Criterion A of the alternative model for the classification of personality disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), introduced the Level of Personality Functioning Scale (LPFS), a dimensional model for the assessment of impairments in self and interpersonal functioning. The LPFS was developed ba...