Adaptive regression, humor, and suicide

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Abstract

Investigated the relationship between the capacity for adaptive regression, its manifestation in humor, and degree of suicide lethality in a group of 31 female, psychiatric in-patients. Ss were assessed on a clinical rating scale of “adaptive regression in the service of the ego,” humor measures derived from O'Connell's Story Test, the Favorite-Joke technique, and a suicide potentiality rating scale. Suicidality and humor were also correlated with measures of ego strength and depression. Results confirm a significant negative relationship between suicidality and both adaptive regression and ego strength, as well as a positive relationship between ego strength and humor. (10 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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