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A 45-year-old woman with a history of sexual abuse presents to her weekly psychiatry visit. Over the course of her therapy she has exhibited one persona, which is shy and diffident, and another persona, which is aggressive and angry. Which of the following defense mechanisms is associated with her diagnosis?

A. Repression
B. Identification
C. Dissociation
D. Regression
E. Displacement
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A 45-year-old woman with a history of sexual abuse presents to her weekly psychiatry visit. Over the course of her therapy she has exhibited one persona, which is shy and diffident, and another persona, which is aggressive and angry. Which of the following defense mechanisms is associated with her diagnosis?
A. Repression
B. Identification
C. Dissociation
D. Regression
E. Displacement
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The correct answer is C.
The patient described has a diagnosis consistent with dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder). This condition is associated with the defense mechanism of dissociation.

Dissociation is separation of function of mental processes.

Identification occurs when a personís behavior is unconsciously patterned after that of someone else and is associated with a childís abuse.

Displacement is the transfer of emotions from an unacceptable person or object to a tolerable person or object. Associated with phobias.

Repression occurs when pushing unacceptable feelings into the unconscious mind. Primary defense mechanism of the ego.

Regression is a childlike pattern of behavior that appears under stress.
Associated with dependent personality disorder.
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