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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Swanepoel, Karen
URN etd-05152007-095930
Document Title Schizoid character organisation and the anorexic patient
Degree MA (Clinical Psychology)
Department Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Dr M Aronstam
Mr L Daws
  • eating disorders
  • character structure
  • object
  • Anorexia nervosa
Date 2006-02-03
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Fifteen adult women, (mean age 27.7 years) participated in this quantitative

study. The study was aimed at identifying schizoid character structure in a

group of individuals diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa by means of the

Rorschach Inkblot Test. Overall results show that 60.8% of the sample was

found to have the hypothesized schizoid characteristics. Although results

support the hypothesis of a schizoid character structure being present in the

persons with Anorexia Nervosa, the results may only be applicable to these

specific research participants as identified confounding variables in the study

were seen as possibly influencing the findings. These variables include the

use of medication as well as comorbid conditions and previous


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