Object Relations Theory contains many of the concepts of Ego Psychology. Object Relations Theory diverges in that it emphasizes the drive to form and maintain human relationships, rather than the drives to seek pleasure and aggression.
SOCIAL INFLUENCES ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF OBJECT RELATIONS THEORY
A majority of reports about the effectiveness of object relations interventions are based on client outcomes in case studies, some are based on research designs that include larger number of clients.
OBJECT RELATIONS IN ABUSIVE PARTNER RELATIONSHIPS: AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION
Men and women in abusive groups would evidence lower levels of object relations than men and women in non-abusive relationships.
Subjects: This sample included 41 men and 40 women entering a psychotherapy program for people in abusive relationships (16 were couples) that reported having either hit or been hit by an intimate partner within the last year.
Conflict Tatics Scale (CTS) – an 18 item self- report measure that has been often used in research.
Multiple Affect Adjective Checklist (MAACL-R)-Revised- is a 132 item self report measure of trait and state anxiety, depression, and hostility.
Million Multiaxial clinical Inventory (MCMI-II) is a 175 item true false inventory developed to access personality disorder and 9 clinical syndrome sales.
Results of this study lend empirical support to the hypothesis that men and women in abusive relationships would evidence lower levels of object relations than men and women in non-abusive relationships.