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A study of the face validity of the 40 item version of the Defense Style Questionnaire (DSQ-40).
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PMID:  16260933     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There are few studies examining the face validity of the 40-item version of the Defense Style Questionnaire (DSQ-40). Moreover, the existing studies have provided conflicting results. The present study provides an in-depth examination of the face validity of the DSQ-40. Eight clinicians independently attributed each item of the DSQ-40 to a defense mechanism. The defense mechanisms listed in the DSM-IV Defensive Functioning Scale and their definitions were provided as a guide, along with the definition of those defense mechanisms investigated by the DSQ that are not included. It was further specified that the raters could attribute the items to defense mechanisms other than those listed or coping mechanisms. Twelve items out of 40 (30%) were attributed to the defense mechanisms they were supposed to investigate by fewer than four out of the eight raters. This result suggests that a substantial part of the DSQ-40 is lacking in face validity.
Henri Chabrol; Amélie Rousseau; Rachel Rodgers; Stacey Callahan; Gérard Pirlot; Henri Sztulman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of nervous and mental disease     Volume:  193     ISSN:  0022-3018     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nerv. Ment. Dis.     Publication Date:  2005 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-01     Completed Date:  2005-11-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375402     Medline TA:  J Nerv Ment Dis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  756-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
UFR de Psychologie, Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail, Toulouse, France.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological / classification
Defense Mechanisms*
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Personality Disorders / classification,  diagnosis,  psychology
Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data*
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data
Questionnaires / standards*
Reproducibility of Results

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