A Study of personality structure of schizophrenia patients 15 on Rorschach Psychodiagnostic Test

Anwesha Mondal, Jai Prakash Prakash

Abstract


Background : TheRorschach test is a most widely used psycho-diagnostic tool by researchers and
clinicians in the field of mental health. It is a very useful projective test to assess the structure
of personality with particular emphasis on how individuals construct their experiences and
meaning assigned to their perception. Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder in which thought and
perceptual disturbances are quite common. A sudden change in personality and behaviour occurs
when patients with schizophrenia lose touch with reality
Aim : This study was designed with the aim to asses and compare Rorschach response pattern in
the cases with schizophrenia and normal controls.
Method : The sample consisted of 30patients with schizophrenia and 30 normal subjects selected
by using purposive sampling technique. Rorschach Inkblot Test was administered on patients and
normal subjects to assess the structure of the personality. General Health Questionnaire-12 (GHQ)
was administered as a screening tool in the group of normal control subjects.
Results : Results showed that there is a significant difference between patients with schizophrenia
and normal control subjects in terms of variables of Reaction Time, Location, Developmental
Quality, Determinants, Contents, Form Quality, Popular Responses and Special Scores.
Conclusion : In comparison to normal control subjects, patients with schizophrenia exhibited
significant poor performance on Rorschach Psycho-diagnostic Test and on the basis of this poor
performance, patients with the schizophrenia could be differentiated from the normal control
subjects.


Key Words : Rorschach profile, schizophrenia, personality


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ISSN 0974-1313 (Print)

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