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Rorschachiana - Vol 35, Iss 1

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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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  • Art and projective methods.
    In this editorial, the author notes that art seems to have a close relationship with projective methods. The special section of this volume of Rorschachiana is dedicated to the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT). It aims to highlight the importance of storytelling techniques in the field of projective methods and hopefully encourages other clinicians and academics to submit their work to Rorschachiana. The general section of this volume contains four original articles on various current topics. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • The Draw-A-Person Test and body image.
    The Draw-A-Person (DAP) test has been the center of a long-lasting debate regarding its validity. This study investigated the DAP indices of height, width (size), and inclusion/omission of details and their relation to body image as measured by a self-report scale (Gray’s body image scale) and manifested by the diet behaviors and body mass index of 55 healthy female students. Although the drawings of the diet group were smaller, there was no significant relationship between figure size and diet behaviors. However, body image as measured by a self-report scale did result in significant differences between groups. Moreover, there was a significant correlation between the size of the figure drawn and body image as measured by a self-report scale (larger figures correlated with better body image). No significant results were found for the omission/inclusion indices of the DAP. These results are discussed in light of previous findings regarding the DAP. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Creativity and emotional distress on the Rorschach test.
    While the relationship between creativity and emotional distress has been extensively reviewed, little research has been done on creativity as demonstrated in the Rorschach test. Forty participants were administered the Rorschach as well as the Remote Associates Test (RAT) of verbal creativity. A significant correlation was found between the RAT and the following Rorschach variables: FQminus, (H)+(Hd), M none, MOR, and DEPI. The present findings call for caution when attributing emotional distress on the basis of Rorschach measures, since these measures are also indicative of the individual’s creative strengths. These results concur with recent literature that found a connection between emotional distress and creativity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Assessing the alternate-form reliability of interview-based and web-based Rorschach responses measuring body boundary imagery and regressive imagery.
    This study assesses the alternate-form reliability of the Body Type Dictionary (BTD) for measuring body boundary imagery and primordial thought language in interview-based and web-based Rorschach responses. The intraclass correlation coefficient demonstrated fair to good agreement for barrier imagery, .72, and penetration imagery, .55, which indicates that the web-based administration of the Rorschach inkblot test represents an acceptable alternative to the traditional Rorschach interview assessment for measuring body boundary imagery. Primordial thought language had a fair level of agreement, .43, whereas conceptual thought language had poor agreement, .36. The results are discussed by relating empirical research outlining the mode-specific implications of psychometric test administration to the Rorschach inkblot test and its implications for body boundary awareness and regressive cognitive functioning, as well as by outlining the methodological and clinical limitations of web-based Rorschach application that could be addressed in future research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • A comparison of learning-disabled children and non-learning-disabled children on the Rorschach: An information processing perspective.
    The purpose of this study was to examine the differences between learning-disabled (LD) and non-learning-disabled (non-LD) students on the Rorschach inkblot test to help determine how differently the two groups process information. Using the cognitive triad in Exner’s Comprehensive System (CS), the variables consistent with past research and most representative of each of the three stages of the cognitive triad were investigated. The sample consisted of 62 schoolchildren in the age range of 7–12 years in the US state of California. Thirty-one children were identified as LD and were matched on age, gender, and ethnicity with a student who was identified as non-LD. The groups’ responses were compared using a one-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) to determine whether differences existed between the groups for each of the Rorschach variables F%, W+, XA%, and WSum6. This study concluded that LD children are unable to perceive, interpret, and synthesize information from their environment in a clear and realistic way when compared with their non-LD peers. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)
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