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Journal of Projective Psychology and Mental Health: Volume 7, Number 2, July 2000 Editorial

1. Editorial: SIS Technology in Millennium 2000, B.L.Dubey, pages, 91-92.

In this Millennium year, I feel honored to express my views for the future through this Editorial. The rapidly expanding use of the internet and telecommunications has played a prominent role in spreading international interest in the Somatic Inkblot Series (SIS). We in India are particularly fortunate in becoming recognized as world leaders in the race for dot com and technology companies. Azim Hashim Premji, chairman of Wipro, a Bangalore information-technology-cum-consumer-products company is not far behind the American, Bill Gates (Microsoft) in the billionaire club.

2. SIS Projective Responses in PTSD and Dissociative Disorder, Wilfred A Cassell, Asheem Dubey and Bankey L. Dubey, pages 93-108.

This paper uses the SIS-Video to study the effects of psychological trauma in two adolescent females. The first was an adolescent Jewish girl who was traumatized in a German concentration camp at Auschwitz and interviewed as an adult survivor. The second involved studying a hospitalized adolescent girl suffering from Dissociative Disorder. In both instances, the SIS technology provided a type of "time machine" for releasing long forgotten emotionally painful feelings and memories.

3. The Effects of Age and Gender on Hand Test Responses of Chronic Pain Patients, Paul E Panek, John J. Skowronski and Edwin E. Wagner, pages 109-118.

The projective Hand Test (HT) was administered to 200 individuals (female n = 138 ; male n = 62) ranging in age from 25 to 78 years (M age = 46.82, SD = 12.39) who had a variety of chronic pain complaints and were seeking treatment at a pain clinic in an urban area of the southeast in order to examine the relations between the predictors of age and gender on the personality variables measured by the Hand Test. Results indicate that as age increased, responses indicating : (1) exhibitionistic displays (EXH) decreased; (2) delays in coping with situations (AIRT) were more frequent; and (3) the number of failures to respond to the cards (Fail) increased. Overall, the age differences manifested by persons experiencing chronic pain are similar to those of non-pain individuals in previous HT research. Further, in relation to males, females gave : (1) more responses indicative of the tendency to seek attention (EXH); (2) fewer responses reflecting the tendency to acquire some goal or object (ACQ); (3) fewer responses that reflect concern with environmental activities (ENV); (4) more responses reflecting apprehension concerning pain, injury, incapacitation or death, and/or anxiety (FEAR). Women were also more likely to fail a card (FAIL). Such gender differences are unusual in that they have not emerged in earlier Hand Test results from non-pain samples. Finally, older females provided a greater number of acquisition responses than younger females while for males, the pattern was opposite. Implications of the results were discussed and suggestions for future research were presented.

4. Sexual Content in Rorschach and Perceived Control of Internal States,Lisa C. Milne and Philip Greenway, pages 119-126.

Sexual content in the Rorschach has historically had pathological implications. While it is accepted that there is sexual content to be seen, subjects tend not to report it because it is not socially acceptable (Exner, 1993). The present study examined whether subjects who give female sexual responses differ in their perceived control of their internal states from people who do not give sexual responses. There were 129 normal adult subjects (61 males and 68 females). Results indicated that males giving more female sexual responses were more satisfied with their level of control over internal states and females giving fewer feminine sexual responses reported more emotional control.

5. The Corporeal Perception in Subjects with Psychosomatic Disorders Evaluated with the SIS-I Test, Paola Nicolini, pages 127-132.

The research concerns corporeal perception in subjects with Tensive Cephalalgia or Migraine, under treatment in an outpatient Center for Psychosomatic Medicine. The SIS-I Test is suitable for kindling somatic perceptions and for evaluating some of the mental processes that form the base of the psychosomatic disorder. A control group of 16 subjects and two groups of subjects with psychosomatic pathology, matched in respect of age, number of subjects (16), level of education and professional activity was taken for study. The aim of the study was to test the ability of the SIS-I to discriminate the responses of the two groups of subjects with different disorders. The use of the SIS-I test enabled important information to be acquired regarding the type of perception and of relation existing between each subject under treatment in the Center and his own body, proving to be a useful diagnostic help.

6. Rorschach in Women Victims of Rape, J. Jacobo Riquelme M. and Erna Perfetti H, pages 133-140.

The Rorschach test was administered to 12 Venezuelan women in the age group of 19 to 30 years, having history of sexual assault. The findings suggest that those participants whose first sexual contact was rape experience tend to present higher frequencies for special score (sum 6) and morbid contents (MOR), higher scores for intellectualization index and higher number of responses with threatening, paranoid and birth or re-birth contents. Also the help of psychotherapy is emphasised in the paper.

7. Meta-Analysis of the Findings on SIS-II, Rakesh Kumar, pages 141-147.

The findings of the studies on SIS-II were meta analysed to provide combined mean and standard deviation of various groups and to see if SIS-II indices could differentiate the groups statistically. All the studies that appeared in SIS Journal of Projective Psychology and Mental Health 1994-2000 (January) were considered. The studies were combined into five groups based on specified criteria : Normals, Neurotics, Psychotics, Substance Dependents and Murderers. Critical Ratio were computed on combined mean and standard deviation for inter group comparisons. Results indicate that SIS-II indices do differentiate the comparison groups.

8. Characteristics of Subjects Who See Females on Card VII of Rorschach, Lisa C. Milne and Philip Greenway, pages 148-152.

With the focus of Rorschach shifting from being a qualitative to a quantitative instrument, the emphasis on specific content changed from a content's having a specific meaning to its belonging to a cluster of related contents. This study examined the specific meaning of an adult-female response to Card VII. The failure to report adult-female content seemed to be related to social discomfort, dependency needs, passivity and perhaps an introspection that comes from social anxiety.

9. Marital Adjustment of Working Women and Housewives, Vijayalaxmi A. Aminabhav & Vidya R. Kulkarni, pages 153-158.

The main objective of the present study is to know the significance of the difference between the working women and housewives in their marital adjustment. The sample consists of 50 working women and 50 housewives from Dharwad City. The marital Adjustment inventory developed by Deshpande, C.G. (1988) was used to measure the marital adjustment of the two groups. The obtained responses were scored and subjected to ‘t’ test. Results revealed that the working women have significantly higher marital adjustment than that of the housewives. In addition to this it is also observed that women of the adult group and women who come from nuclear families have significantly higher marital adjustment than their counterparts.

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