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| Published: December 25, 2015

A Comparison between Personality Traits and Defense Styles in Teenagers with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and Normal Individuals

Narges Zamani

Department of Psychology, University of Hamadan Google Scholar More about the auther

, Mojtaba Habibi

Family Research Institute, Shahid Beheshti University University Google Scholar More about the auther

, Nasrin Zamani

Department of Midwifery, Azad University of Arak Google Scholar More about the auther

, Nina Jamshidnejad

Family Research Institute, Shahid Beheshti University University Google Scholar More about the auther

, Mani B. Monajemi

Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.015/20150301

DOI: 10.25215/0301.015

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Objective: The current study aims to compare the defense mechanisms and personality traits among teenagers with avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) and normal individuals. Materials and Methods: Incurrent casual-comparative study, 220 teenagers with an average age of 16.74±6.08 and age range of 13-17 were randomly selected from among high school students, who were diagnosed with avoidant restrictive food intake disorder in fall 2014 and 220 other peers with matching demographic characteristics were selected as the control group. Both groups were asked to fill Eysenckpersonality questionnaire and Andrews’ Defense Style Questionnaire. Data was analyzed via multivariate analysis of variance. Results: The average scores of teenagers with ARFID was higher than the control group regarding immature and neurotic defense style, neuroticism and extraversion; with respect to mature defense style variable average scores of teenagers with ARFID was lower comparing to control group. Thus, it can be concluded that there is a significant difference between personality traits and defence styles of teenagers with ARFID and normal teenagers.

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Narges Zamani @ mani.b.monajemi@warwickgrad.net

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

18.01.015/20150301

10.25215/0301.015

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Published in   Volume 03, Issue 1, October-December, 2015