A study of danger perception in adolescents in normal and endogenous mental pathology

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Abstract

We describe a pilot study of perception of the environment danger (the content and the degree of threat) in health adolescents and mental pathology. We provide a complex of diagnostic techniques for the assessment of categorization of ambiguous safe/unsafe situations, ways to respond to threats and aggression, developed by the authors. The complex includes two parts: 1) a study of aggression (Wagner Hand test, Rosenzweig Picture-Frustration study), 2) danger perception of different origin study (modified Drawn Apperception Test, incomplete sentences (authors set), danger assessment based on photos). The study involved adolescents aged 13-17 years. The experimental group consisted: 22 patients (13 boys) of Mental Health Research Center and Scientific and Practical Center for Children and Adolescents Mental health with diagnoses of schizophrenia, schizotypal personality disorder, and personality disorder. The control group: 24 pupils of general academic school (13 boys) in Moscow. The study identified structure of subjective danger in adolescents, key dangers, differences in the perception of danger in adolescents in health and disease.

General Information

Keywords: psychological disorders, adolescence, danger, risk, danger perception, aggression perception

Journal rubric: Studia

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psyedu.2014060133

For citation: Veschikova M.I., Zvereva N.V. A study of danger perception in adolescents in normal and endogenous mental pathology [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie psyedu.ru [Psychological Science and Education psyedu.ru], 2014. Vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 310–322. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2014060133. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Milena I. Veschikova, Post-graduate Student of Medical Psychology Department, Fsbi «Scientific center of mental health» RAMS, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: mveshchikova@gmail.com

Natalya V. Zvereva, PhD in Psychology, Professor of the Faculty of Clinical and Special Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Leading Researcher, Mental Health Research Center, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3817-2169, e-mail: nwzvereva@mail.ru

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