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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Pearce, Amelia
URN etd-05222007-131517
Document Title An exploration of anorexia Nervosa within a South-African sample using the Rorschach Inkblot method
Degree MA (Clinical Psychology)
Department Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Dr M Aronstam
Mr L Daws
  • personality structure
  • rorschach test
  • anorexia nervosa
Date 2006-01-31
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Fifteen adult women (mean age 27.20 years) participated in this exploratory

study. The aim of the study was to identify commonalities in Anorexia

Nervosa patients’ personality structure and psychological functioning.

Relevant historical data were obtained with the aid of a structured clinical

interview, and the Rorschach Inkblot test was administered according to the

guidelines set by the Comprehensive System. The results indicate an innate

vulnerability in the sample’s personality structure that signals adjustment

difficulties. Other key findings include a disruptive tendency to perceive

events incorrectly, persistent, pervasive and severe breakdowns in reality

testing that signifies a psychotic degree of disturbance and cognitive

inflexibility that interferes with adaptation to new situations and unfamiliar

demands. Theoretical inferences are made about the probable aeteological

roots of these findings. The dynamic implications and possible function of

self-starvation as a symptom was considered. Prognostic considerations are


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