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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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ANTUNEZ, Andrés Eduardo Aguirre; YAZIGI, Latife  and  DEL PORTO, José Alberto. Affectivity in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorders: a Rorschach study. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2006, vol.40, n.2, pp. 177-184. ISSN 0034-9690.

Purpose: To understand affectivity in obsessive-compulsive disorders. Methods: The Structured Clinical Interview (SCID), and the Rorschach method, Comprehensive System, were employed. The sample consisted of 30 patients with obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and 30 non-patients of the same sex, age and schooling. Results: The group of patients presented psychiatric comorbidities in 86% of the cases. Concerning the Rorschach, there was no statistically significant differences in the selected variables, although the qualitative analysis of the color responses reveals that among the patients the colors are associated to unpleasant moods. The exploratory analysis showed a significant predominance of thinking disorder among patients. Conclusions: Patients with OCD do not present a defined experience balance; they show an average affective ratio with tendency towards labile affectivity and without problems expressing their emotions. It is the nature of the color responses that reveals difficulty in managing affects and emotions which are not felt or experienced, but instead described and rationalized.

Keywords : Affect; Obsessive-compulsive disorder; Rorschach test.

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