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Journal of Projective Psychology and Mental Health: Volume 5, Number 2, July 1998 Editorial

1. Editorial: Projective Psychology in India: Dosajh, pages 83-86.

The real beginning of Projective Psychology in India may be credited to the author with his first exposure with Rorschach test under the guidance of Dr. James Silverberg (1955) who had administered Rorschach Test to the author in1949 and on the basis of author's performance on this test, he was selected to work with the Columbia University Team under Dr. Gitel P. Steed on the project 'An Approach to a Study of Personality Formation in a Hindu Village in Gujrat' (1955). Detailed history of Projective testing is described in the paper.

2. Mental Disorders Triggered By Exposure to Violent Imagery in the Media and in Electronic Games, Wilfred A. Cassell and Bankey L. Dubey, pages 87-104.

At this time consideration needs to be given to the scientific examination of the risk factors in the spreading virus of violence. This would appear to be especially true in the United States. More and more, the media are reporting mass acts of violence by school-age children. Many teachers no longer feel that there is safety in our schools. Many educators date the onset of this national trend to the assassination of President Kennedy in the early 1960's. While there may be many theories to account for the destructive behaviour of young people, there is a need for more objective data in the field. As this article was being prepared, a 15-year-old youth went on a shooting rampage in Springfield, Oregon. After murdering his parents with guns that they recently had purchased for him to more appropriately channel his anger into socially acceptable sporting modalities, he entered the school cafeteria with weapons. Over 20 people were shot, with 2 dead at this time and several on the critical injury list. This presentation employs a clinical case history approach. Part I assesses two adults who were severely disturbed by the media effects of addictive-type playing of violent electronic games and Part II deals a fourteen year old male admitted to a psychiatric hospital for highly dangerous and threatening behavior.

3. The SIS-I and Body Image Evaluation in Subjects Suffering from Serious Obesity, Sguazzin Cinzia and Ferro Roberto, pages 105-113.

Thirty hospitalized female obese patients, in the age group of 20-59 years were studied with the help of Cognitive Behavioral Assessment 2.0 and Somatic Inkblot Series - I. (a) Subjects with high scores of psycho-physiological activation, depression and anxiety gave greater number of anatomical content and typical responses. (b) Higher scores on neuroticism and psychoticism were associated with lower numbers of dehumanized content. (c) Anxiety and fear content responses were associated with sexual content. (d) Lie scores were associated with lower pathological emotional content.

4. A Correlational Study of Selected Rorschach and SIS-II, Variables in Psychiatric Patients, Rajinder P. Kaur and S.K. Verma, pages 115-118.

Rorschach and SIS-II, the two most popular inkblot tests of personality, were administered to 32 psychiatric patients in order to see their inter-relations on selected variables. Both the scales showed some degree of overlap with significant correlations between the two scales on Movement, Human, Animal and Popular responses (r=ranging between. 42 to .58) but insignificant correlations for Anatomy, Sex, F+ and Total responses. Results and their implications are discussed.

5. Aggression in reaction to frustration among adolescent boys with depression and conduct disorder, Ramanath Kundu and Jayanti Basu, pages 119-126.

The study compared the direction and type of aggressive reaction to frustration among adolescent boys with conduct disorder (n=20), depression (n=20) as well as a group of normal subjects (n=40). The diagnosis of the two clinical groups was confirmed by two psychiatrists and two psychologists independently as well as by administering the Developmental Psychopathology Checklist by Kapur (1995) to their parents. All the subjects were administered an adapted version of the Rosenzweig Picture Frustration Study (child form) by Rosenzweig (1944). One way ANOVA and subsequent t-tests were done for comparison. It was observed that the depressed group and the conduct disorder group of boys differed on all the aggression categories. The depressed group was less extraggressive, more intraggressive, more imaggressive, more obstacle dominant, more ego defensive and less need persistent than the subjects with conduct disorder. As compared to the normal, the depressed subjects were less extra -aggressive, and more intr aggressive and ima-ggressive, while the conduct disorder subjects were more extr-aggressive, less ego-defensive and more need-persistent.

6. Evaluation of Piotrowski's Organic Signs in Epilepsy, S. Chaudhury, T. Rajan John and S. Rohatgi, 127-130.

Sixty consecutive epilepsy patients and equal number of age, sex, education level, marital status, economic status, domicile and intelligence quotient matched normal control subjects were given the Rorschach test by Klopfen's method. The Piotrowski signs identified 39 of the epilepsy patients and 6 of the control subjects positive for organic disease process of the cerebral cortex. The difference was highly statistically significant. The Piotrowski organic sign in epilepsy patients had a sensitivity of 65.0% and specificity of 90.0% which indicates that it is a useful test for clinical use.

7. A Proposed Model for Assessment of Mental Disability S. K. Verma, pages 131-135.

Cases are often referred to a Clinical Psychologist for assessment of percentage disability-particularly about intellectual functions. Dependable information on this are not available, though literature on the cognitive functions and their measures are many. In this article, a model is proposed for making a comprehensive assessment on the basis of measurements of (a) I.Q. level, (b) Memory (through the use of a comprehensive battery of memory test viz. P.G.I. Battery of Memory functions and (c) Psychosocial Dysfunction through P.G.I. Dysfunctional Analysis Questionnaire (Personal, Social, Family, Vocation and Personal Areas). Theoretical discussion is avoided-only practical considerations are given proper emphasis.

8. Somatic Inkblot Series-An Excellent Psychodiagnostic Tool, N.L. Dosajh, pages 136-138.

This case-history shows how Somatic Inkblot Series act as excellent psychodiagnostic tools.When other tests failed, SIS came to the help of the author for psychodiagnosis. This is clear from this case-history. The patient rejected cards numbering XII, XIII & XIV of SIS-I and this led to the diagnosis of the patient's trouble. How the diagnosis was arrived at has been explained in this case history.

9. Diagnostic Validity of SIS-II Among Psychopathological Cases of Armed Forces, S.P. Rathee, P. Sarkar and A. Singh, pages 139-144.

The Somatic Inkblot Series-II (SIS-II) has been recognised as one of the most powerful psychodiagnostic instruments among various psychiatric groups. To find out its diagnostic validity against the Rorschach test among psychopathological cases of Armed Forces, the SIS-II was administered on two hundred psycho-pathological cases, following the Rorschach test after a gap of one or two days. Cassell's (1990, 1995) and Klopfer's, et. al. (1954) standard procedures were adopted to analyze the protocols of both tests on 10 common variables. Statistical analysis of data obtained revealed that out of 10 common indices of both tests, five variables in schizophrenia, four in affective psychosis and seven in unspecified psychosis, five in Anxiety, four in Depression and seven in Hysteria, showed high and positive correlation between common indices of both tests. The present findings predict the high diagnostic validity of SIS-II indices against those of Rorschach's among six psycho-pathological groups of armed forces. The results are discussed in the paper.

10. An exploratory Investigation of Age Differences on the Hand Test in Atlantic Canada, Paul E. Panek, Annabel J. Cohen, Lynette Barrett and Angela, Matheson, pages 145-149.

The Hand Test (HT) was administered to young (n=50, M age=19.94 yrs., SD=4.23) and older Atlantic Canadian adults (n=50 M age=73.16 yrs., SD=7.74), with 25 men and 25 women in each group, for the purposes of: 1) investigating age differences in personality; and, 2) to determine if the observed patterns of age differences are similar to results obtained in the United States. Results indicated both similarities and differences in the patterns of age differences with regard to findings on United States samples. The Canadian data reveal increases with age on variables presumably measuring the following personality characteristics: desire for help from others; difficulty in achieving needs or goals; inner personality weakness, perhaps associated with concern with illness and declining health delays and "shock" in coping with ituations; less active engagement with the environment; less random energy; and, reduced aggression. This pattern of age differences was similar to those found in United States samples. However, compared to US samples, the protocols of Atlantic Canadian older adults exhibited less personality constriction and generally exhibited a more "psychologically intact" profile. Implications of the results were discussed.

11. Somatic Inkblot Series on a Sexually Traumatized Female, Padma Dwivedi, N. Mishra and M. Mishra, pages 151-153.

The Somatic Inkblot Series-Video was administered to a 22 years old young, unmarried, graduate lady who had reported history of rape. The SIS responses revealed her traumatic experiences. Her hatred and aggression along with feelings of helplessness and craving for protection were brought out. The SIS procedure worked as a time machine and took her back in time, helping in processing unprocessed painful material. After needed intervention she reflected a lot of positive changes in her total outlook.

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