Assessment of mentalization

Anthony W. Bateman and Peter Fonagy

in Mentalization-based Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

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Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780198570905
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754456 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Assessment of mentalization

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The assessment of mentalization should fulfil the following aims: (1) provide a map of important interpersonal relationships and their connections to key problem behaviours; (2) assess in these contexts the optimal quality of mentalization; (3) delineate significant attempts at undermining mentalization; (4) assess whether difficulties in mentalization are generalized or partial and (5) in either case assess whether pseudo-mentalization or concrete understanding predominates; and (6) any tendency for the misuse of mentalization needs to be considered separately.

Chapter.  7930 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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