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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 74-83

Rorschach inkblot test and psychopathology among patients suffering from schizophrenia: A correlational study

1 Department of Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry-A Centre of Excellence, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry-A Centre of Excellence, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Anwesha Mondal
Department of Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry-A Centre of Excellence, Kolkata - 700 025, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_74_20

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Background: Rorschach test has been considered a well-known and most widely used projective test for the assessment of personality and diagnostic evaluation in various psychiatric disorders. Schizophrenia is considered to be the major psychiatric illness characterized by gross distortion of reality, the disorganization and fragmentation of perception, thought, emotion, and withdrawal from social interaction. Rorschach provides both specific and general knowledge about the different areas of personality functioning, such as coping style, emotions, managing stress, mediation, ideation, self-perception, and interpersonal relationships along with correlating with the psychopathology of the schizophrenia patients. Aim: The aim of the present study is to assess the relationship between Rorschach response pattern different symptoms in schizophrenia patients. Methodology: After having informed consent, 100 patients of schizophrenia group were included as per the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision Diagnostic Criteria for Research (ICD-10 DCR) criteria. Information about sociodemographic data and clinical details was collected using the sociodemographic and clinical data sheet from the drawn sample. For the assessment of symptoms of schizophrenia patients, Scale for the Assessment of Positive Symptom and Scale for the Assessment of Negative Symptom have been used. After that Rorschach test was administered individually to all the participants to assess the personality structure of each schizophrenia patients. Results: The results showed that there is a significant positive and negative correlation among positive, negative schizophrenia symptoms, and different Rorschach variables. Conclusion: Schizophrenia patients having positive and negative symptoms would be giving Rorschach variables indicative of moderate level of cognitive distortions, poorly controlled and disorganized affect, less conventional form of responses, poor perception and loss with reality, poor interpersonal relationships, presence of anxiety, and aggression.

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