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2001, vol. 34, iss. 3-4, pp. 367-374
article language: Serbian
document type: unclassified
published on: 02/06/2007
Indicators of borderline personality disorder in Rorschach test
Clinical Center of Serbia, Clinic for Psychiatry, Belgrade


In the field of psychopathology, the concept of borderline quality is one of the most controversial and brings about various attitudes at the level of designation, operationalization and epistemological position. Simultaneously with the development of the concept, a certain viewpoint has emerged that psychological testing is necessary for making proper diagnosis, especially the application of projective techniques simulating the non-structured situation in which the characteristics of the borderline cases may be observed best. Most commonly, the IQ test, MMPI questionnaire and Rorschach test are used for borderline case studies, being compared mostly with schizophrenic patients. The study included 60 subjects diagnosed with schizophrenia and borderline PL according to DSM IV classification. The study revealed that the groups were different in relation to verbal and non-verbal expression in Rorschach test, while specific indicators were detected distinguishing the groups in the best way; likewise, quasi-canon discriminative function was determined which illustrated the compared groups to an extreme extent and it was defined as higher complexity and lesser deviation of borderline PL group vs lower complexity and higher deviation in schizophrenic group. The issue of Comprehensive system usage for differential diagnosis of borderline personality disorder has been discussed.



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