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Object relations and defense mechanisms of a psychopathic serial sexual homicide perpetrator: a TAT analysis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11562106     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The case of a 24-year-old African American man who committed serial sexual homicide and who met criteria (Hare, 1991) for psychopathy is presented. His Thematic Apperception Test (Murray, 1943) responses were used to code key aspects of personality organization--object relations and defense mechanisms--via the Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale (Westen, Lohr, Silk, & Kerber, 1989) and the Defense Mechanisms Manual (Cramer, 1991), respectively. Severe object relations pathology and a reliance on the defense mechanism of immature projection and immature denial are noted. Findings are relatively consistent with previous psychodynamic Rorschach studies of psychopathic sexual homicide perpetrators (Gacono, Meloy, & Bridges, 2000; Meloy, Gacono, & Kenney, 1994).
J H Porcerelli; M F Abramsky; S Hibbard; R Kamoo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of personality assessment     Volume:  77     ISSN:  0022-3891     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pers Assess     Publication Date:  2001 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-09-19     Completed Date:  2002-01-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1260201     Medline TA:  J Pers Assess     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  87-104     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Family Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI 48235, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Antisocial Personality Disorder / psychology*
Defense Mechanisms*
Homicide / psychology*
Object Attachment*
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Sex Offenses / psychology*
Social Conditions
Thematic Apperception Test*

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