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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Simpson, Jenny Lee
URN etd-08162011-105238
Document Title An exploration of ego impairment in Bipolar Mood Disorder using the Ego Impairment Index-2
Degree Master of Arts
Department Clinical Psychology
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Dr M Aronstam Supervisor
Keywords
  • Beres Weiner
  • Ego psychology
  • Ego Impairment Index-2
  • Rorschach comprehensive system
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • ego impairment
  • Rorschach Inkblot Test
Date 2011-04-18
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The study was exploratory in nature, with 62 adult participants participating in this research. The aim of the study was to determine the level of ego impairment, if any, among a group of patients diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. The data obtained from this sample was subjected to the Rorschach-based Ego Impairment Index-2 (EII-2). An in-depth analysis of the composite variables of this index was performed, allowing a comprehensive grasp of the implications of ego impairment in everyday functioning. The study was conducted in order to ascertain the nature of the psychological dynamics at play amongst this population group. The value of using the EII-2 is seen in its ability to establish various strengths and weaknesses in areas of ego functioning that are a core component of the personality, rather than behavioural manifestations that are sporadic and subject to change. Thus the results will reflect traits that are enduring and fundamental when considering the personality. In addition, the areas of psychological functioning that were determined were linked to the current conceptualisation of Bipolar Disorder, which, at present, is primarily conceived of as a biological disorder.

The results of the EII-2 yielded from this sample indicated an overall moderate ego impairment falling within the moderate range, indicating that for this population, an impairment of ego was evident. Particularly, the domains of reality testing, cognitive functioning and object relatedness seemed to be most impaired.

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Please cite as follows:

Simpson, JL 2010, An exploration of ego impairment in Bipolar Mood Disorder using the Ego Impairment Index-2, MA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-08162011-105238/ >

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