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Rorschachiana - Vol 34, Iss 2

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Rorschachiana Rorschachiana is the scientific publication of the International Society for the Rorschach. Its aim is to publish scientific work in the field for (and by) an international audience. The journal is interested in advancing theory and clinical applications of the Rorschach and other projective techniques, and research work that can enhance and promote projective methods. Published previously as a Yearbook, Rorschachiana is now, starting with volume 29 in 2008, appearing as a journal with 2 online issues per year and an annual print compendium.
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  • Empirical and clinical aspects of attachment theory.
    This editorial provides an introduction to the current special section on attachment theory. Over the years there have been controversies between clinicians and researchers over the best assessment methods for attachment patterns. Self-report, interview, and projective tests have all been held in high regard. The articles in this special section exemplify the value of integrating attachment dimensions from various domains. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Rorschach texture responses are related to adult attachment via tactile imagery and emotion.
    This study examined an underlying mechanism of the relationships among Rorschach texture responses and adult attachment dimensions (attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance), focusing on the vividness of tactile imagery and emotion as mediators. In Study 1, Japanese undergraduate students (n = 20) completed the Rorschach and the Vividness of Tactile Imagery Scale. A poisson regression analysis revealed that greater vividness of tactile imagery was associated with an increased number of texture responses. In Study 2, Japanese undergraduate students (n = 224) completed the Experiences in Close Relationship Scale for the Generalized Other and the Vividness of Tactile Imagery Scale. A path analysis revealed that attachment avoidance weakened the strength of emotional responses accompanying the generation of tactile imagery, and greater emotional responses enhanced the vividness of tactile imagery. These results suggest the possibility that attachment avoidance indirectly reduces texture responses on the Rorschach. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • The association between self-report attachment dimensions and the Rorschach Oral Dependency Scale in a sample of Czech adults.
    This study examines the association between dimensions of ECR (attachment-related avoidance and anxiety) and the Rorschach Oral Dependency scale (Bornstein & Masling, 2005) on a sample of Czech adults. It points out the association between ECR and relevant Rorschach CS variables (Exner, 2003). Our research sample consists of 31 volunteers from the Czech Republic. The average age of the participants was 24.9 years, the age range from 19 to 47 years. The results indicate that attachment anxiety measured by ECR is significantly associated with the ROD score, but elaborated correlations between the ROD score and attachment anxiety show a significant association only in the group of participants without psychiatric or psychological care in their past (n = 18; r = 0.683, p <.01). There were no significant correlations between self-reported attachment dimensions and the selected CS variables (textures, active and passive movements, food). Our findings seem to be consistent with the attachment theory—people with high level of attachment anxiety are often described as dependent. We discuss our findings with regards to the discrepancy between self-report measures and performance based tools. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Integration of attachment self-report scales with the Rorschach.
    The current case study exemplifies the value of integrating an attachment self-report tool measuring attachment orientation with the Rorschach. This process is presented by means of a case study that demonstrates the usefulness of the Rorschach when clients have difficulties self-disclose their attachment insecurity. The Rorschach clarified the clinical picture of the client and guided the therapist in finding the road to the suffering client. Only after one year of therapy the client’s attachment questionnaire scores and her Rorschach converged. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)
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