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Subjetividad y procesos cognitivos

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PUGLIESE, Silvia Viviana. Suicidal behavior risk indicators in a sample of adolescents. Subj. procesos cogn. [online]. 2015, vol.19, n.1, pp.228-245. ISSN 1852-7310.

The aim of this study is to find risk indicators of suicide by means of the Pfister Color Pyramid Test, since it is a projective technique of easy application, accessible to any age and generally a pleasant task, which makes it suitable for adolescent patients. The study is based on a sample of 90 adolescents in the Children's Hospital of San Juan (Argentina), admitted for "attempted suicide", whose ages range from 12 to 17 years old, to whom the test was applied. Relevant data is obtained from the individual interview and correlated with the results of the analysis and interpretation of the material obtained. For the data analysis, the frequency of colors used as well as the formal aspect of the pyramids was considered. The results were interpreted according to the psychodynamic approach. It was concluded that some of the assessed patients present fragile mechanisms of control as well as labile emotional balance and exacerbated impulsiveness, and that others present an overload of anxiety. Therefore affective stability and social adaptation are altered in all.

Palabras clave : Adolescents; Suicide risk; Color Pyramid Test.

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