Rorschach indicators of PTSD

Zahi Arnon, Gadi Maoz, Tali Gazit, Ehud Klein

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Abstract

The complexity of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) makes it difficult to assess and diagnose the syndrome. Most diagnostic tools are based on self-report questionnaires and are thus susceptible to both conscious and unconscious biases. Projective techniques, including the Rorschach inkblot test, might overcome these shortcomings. This retrospective study analyzed 187 Rorschach protocols, 4 or more years after the diagnosis (PTSD vs. non-PTSD) had been determined. The protocols were coded into the computer version of Exner's Comprehensive System (RIAP5) (Exner, 2005) and then analyzed statistically, using linear regression. A 13-item model was found to significantly predict 36.6% of PTSD patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-26
Number of pages22
JournalRorschachiana
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Rorschach
  • assessment
  • posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

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