Aspects of the Construct Validity of the Defense Mechanism Test

  • Barbara E. Saitner


There has been an upsurge of interest in the Defense Mechanism Test (DMT) following the publication of reports of its success in predicting personally characteristic patterns of coping with stress (e.g., Kragh & Smith, 1970). However, questions concerning the construct validity of the DMT remain unresolved, and there is continued disagreement about how perceptual distortions observed on the DMT are to be interpreted (Draguns, 1986; Meier-Civelli, 1989; Nilsson, 1982). So far Cooper and Kline (1986) are the only researchers who have chosen to investigate the construct validity of the DMT by comparing it with other established psychological tests. They were able to confirm some of the relationships they had predicted, even though the pattern of their results was far from clear-cut.


Construct Validity Reaction Formation Personality Measure Female Role Emotional Instability 
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