Body-Image Index al test di Rorschach nella rettocolite ulcerosa.

Translated title of the contribution: Body Image Index in the Rorschach test in ulcerative proctocolitis

P. Porcelli, S. Zaka, S. Tarantino, G. Sisto

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The use of the Rorschach test allows the body image to be examined using the Body-Image Index formulated by Fisher-Cleveland. This index is obtained by calculating the responses to Penetration and Barrier. The hypothesis is that the diseases which affect the inside of the body are more greatly correlated to a high P score and a low B score (high P-low B type personality). The paper examines the Body-Image Index in a sample of 41 patients suffering from ulcerous rectocolitis comprising 24 males and 17 females with a mean age of 32 years. The personality profile obtained is of the "high P-low B" type with a P/R% ratio which is clearly higher than the central mean value (28.7% vs 8%) and a B/R% ratio which is clearly lower than the central mean value (4.2% vs 18%). The personality of the patients in this group was marked by a tendency to anxiety and a tendency to express aggression within their bodies (anger-in) which was field-dependent, difficulty in tolerating stress, a tendency to react somatically to conflicts, a low degree of body image stability and a constant need for an external holding object.

Translated title of the contributionBody Image Index in the Rorschach test in ulcerative proctocolitis
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalMinerva Psichiatrica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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