Antivital experience and auto-aggressive behavior in teenagers with “diffuse identity”



In order to identify the role of “diffuse identity” in the development of antivital experience and auto-aggressive behavior, we examined 60 adolescents (24 boys and 36 girls) who sought for psychological or psychiatric aid in medical and psychological services in Moscow. The average age of the participants was 15,7 ± 6 years. We revealed two groups of adolescents (70%) with moderate to severe degree of “diffuse identity”, who have unique inherent characteristics of identity conflict, structural features, and pattern of interpersonal relations construction. Altogether, these characteristics determine the leading pattern of behavior, way of antivital feelings and auto-agressive behavior formation, resources and capacities of adolescents in crisis. Psychological aid in crisis, considering these features and using them, allows one to create new and effective coping strategies that are specific to each group.

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Keywords: antivital experiences, auto-aggressive behavior of adolescents, “diffuse identity”, OPD-2, psychological aid in crisis.

Journal rubric: Psychological Safety

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Bannikov G.S., Koshkin K.A. Antivital experience and auto-aggressive behavior in teenagers with “diffuse identity” [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2013. Vol. 5, no. 1 (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Gennady S. Bannikov, PhD in Medicine, Senior Researcher, Department of Suicidology, Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry (Branch), V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Senior Researcher, Department of Scientific and Methodological Support, Federal Coordination Center for the Provision of Psychological Services in the Education System of the Russian Federation, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Kirill A. Koshkin, PhD in Medicine, Senior Research Associate, Center for Emergent Psychological Aid, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Senior Research Assistant, Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry, Ministry of Public Health and Social Development, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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