Defense mechanisms and object relations as factors in marital satisfaction

Donald W. Grimm, Robert Brannon, Samuel Juni

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Two hundred and seven married men and 202 married women completed the Defense Mechanisms Inventory (DMI; Ihilevich & Gleser, 1986) and the Marital Satisfaction Inventory (MSI; Snyder, 1981). The DMI was scored to yield defensive as well as object relations indices. Results show that Turning Against the Object exacerbates conflict while Principalization minimizes it. Marital satisfaction is seen as correlated with mastery of object relations. Results are discussed in the context of DMI psychometrics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-312
Number of pages8
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1997


  • Defense mechanisms
  • Marital satisfaction
  • Object relations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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