Assessing Self-Definition and Relatedness in Level of Personality Functioning

Corresponding Author Information: Emily Mariotti, M.S. Session Abstract: Background and purpose: The meta-constructs of autonomy (AUT) and communion (COM) are linked to functioning across personality, interpersonal relationships, and psychopathology, and can inform psychotherapeutic treatment strategies. We report on the development and initial validation of content-based scales for AUT and COM as they correspond to the … Continue reading Assessing Self-Definition and Relatedness in Level of Personality Functioning

Clinical Assessment of Interpersonal Dynamics (1.5 CE Credits)

Corresponding Author Information: Christopher J. Hopwood Session Abstract: The focus of this symposium is the clinical assessment of interpersonal dynamics. Asan and Pincus will examine the associations of several common clinical measures of schizotypy across interpersonal circumplex surfaces. Kehl and colleagues will examine how the convergence of interpersonal values and efficacies is related to interpersonal problems. Meisel and colleagues … Continue reading Clinical Assessment of Interpersonal Dynamics (1.5 CE Credits)

Ego Impairment Index (EII-2) as a Predictor of Psychotherapy Outcome During a Five-Year Follow-Up

Corresponding Author Information: Jaakko Stenius Session Abstract: BACKROUND AND PURPOSE: Interview-based pre-treatment evaluation of patient characteristics may help selecting optimal type or length of psychotherapeutic treatment. The Rorschach-based Ego Impairment Index (EII-2) provides a yet uninvestigated performance-based approach for evaluating these kinds of qualities that are not gauged by the interview methodology. We hypothesized lower … Continue reading Ego Impairment Index (EII-2) as a Predictor of Psychotherapy Outcome During a Five-Year Follow-Up

Eye Contact: Understanding the Relationship between Personality and Visual Information Processing on the Rorschach and Human Faces (1.5 CE Credits)

Corresponding Author Information: Ellen Day Session Abstract: Researchers from independent laboratories in two countries will present papers utilizing psychophysiological techniques to investigate the role of personality in processing the Rorschach and discerning emotions in faces. The session capitalizes on the fact that performance on the Rorschach involves scanning and making a visual attribution to the … Continue reading Eye Contact: Understanding the Relationship between Personality and Visual Information Processing on the Rorschach and Human Faces (1.5 CE Credits)

Negotiating Hostility as a Psychic Work in the Perinatal Period: A Longitudinal Case Study by Using Projective Methods

Corresponding Author Information: Özgün Taktakoğlu Session Abstract: The perinatal period can be represented as a junction between fundamental polarities of the human psyche: me-not me, subject-object, inside-outside, body-mind, creation-death, libidinal drive-aggressive drive, and love-hate (Rosado & Marques, 2016). Motherhood is marked by ambivalence, from its very beginning. Numerous studies have underlined the importance of ambivalence … Continue reading Negotiating Hostility as a Psychic Work in the Perinatal Period: A Longitudinal Case Study by Using Projective Methods

Object Relations in Psychopathology in Cancer Patients

Corresponding Author Information: Kate Szymanski Session Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Approximately 42 million people worldwide suffer from any form of trauma of cancer, and this number is growing. Research shows that negative interpersonal relationships with physicians, mental health workers and family members correlate with more severe psychopathology and less adherence to treatment for cancer patients … Continue reading Object Relations in Psychopathology in Cancer Patients

Paternal Attachment as a Mediator for the Transmission of Parental Trauma: Gender Effects

Corresponding Author Information: Lauren Loughlin Session Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Research on parental traumas showed mediating effects of insecure paternal attachment in transmitting intergenerational trauma to young adult children (Spiel & Szymanski, 2018). Further studies demonstrated a gender effect in assessing impact of intergenerational parental trauma. For example, Godbout et al. (2019) found that father’s trauma … Continue reading Paternal Attachment as a Mediator for the Transmission of Parental Trauma: Gender Effects

Predicting the Working Alliance Development during Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with the Rorschach Ego Impairment Index, Self-Reported Defense Style, and Performance-Based Intelligence

Corresponding Author Information: Jaakko Stenius Session Abstract: BACKROUND AND PURPOSE: Better therapeutic alliances predict better treatment results, but little knowledge still exists on the patient characteristics that lead to better alliances.  Therefore, the current study investigated how alliance development is predicted by three measures that assess psychological functioning from different vantage points. We hypothesized that … Continue reading Predicting the Working Alliance Development during Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with the Rorschach Ego Impairment Index, Self-Reported Defense Style, and Performance-Based Intelligence

Psychological Assessment for Treatment: The Values Dimension (1.75 CE Credits)

Corresponding Author Information: Steven Anthony Sola Session Abstract: In keeping with the theme of the conference: "Advancing Standards in Personality Assessment," this symposium will bring together leading clinicians and researchers to explore the expanding scope of values assessment which links newer methods of assessment more closely with treatment. Dr. Steven Anthony Sola selectively and critically … Continue reading Psychological Assessment for Treatment: The Values Dimension (1.75 CE Credits)

Representational Resource, Solitude, and Distraction in the Age of Smartphones

Session Abstract: The incapacity to tolerate and benefit from solitude in adulthood is rooted in deficits in the early caregiving environment and has been implicated in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and anaclitic depression. Pathological smartphone attitudes (i.e., smartphone dependency and smartphone attachment anxiety) and behaviors (i.e., excessive use of the smartphone) were hypothesized to relate to … Continue reading Representational Resource, Solitude, and Distraction in the Age of Smartphones