Seventeen patients (6 men and 11 women) who had undergone surgical treatment of severe partial epilepsy were given the Rorschach test. The protocols were scored according to the Exner Comprehensive System (1993), with certain additional scores from the Bohm system (1972, 1975) which were considered relevant to different aspects of ego functioning. Compound scores calculated include the Depression Index (DEPI), Suicide Potential (S-Con) and Coping Deficiency Index (CDI) of Exner, but also the Ego Impairment Index (EII) of Perry & Viglione (1991). According to preliminary data, there is a high frequency of depressive signs in the sample: 10 patients had a DEPI score of 4 or 5. The CDI is positive (4 signs of 5 possible) in 8 patients, while according to preliminary norms for EII, this index indicates significant pathology in only one patient.
Since all patients have been extensively assessed with standard neuropsychological methods, it will be possible to relate suggested Rorschach signs of organically based cognitive dysfunction with the results of such methods. A preliminary analysis suggests, among other things, that the Halstead-Reitan Reduction Index correlates in an expected way with several Rorschach indicators of "organicity".
The main task, however, will be to compare the Rorschach data with the results of the on-going interview study of the same patients . As a result of this comparison, we will suggest some new Rorschach measures of coping abilities. These measures will then be validated in a planned prospective study, utilizing both pre- and postoperative medical, neuropsychological and Rorschach data.
You may read more about the Rorschach test (and the different scoring systems for it) on our Classical Rorschach page, where you can also find a lot of Rorschach links.
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