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1999, vol. 32, iss. 3-4, pp. 157-168
article language: Serbian
document type: unclassified
published on: 02/06/2007
Empirical and conceptual relations between Rorschach and NEO-PI-R indicators
Clinical Center of Serbia, Clinic for Psychiatry, Belgrade


The subject of research is the determination of the empirical and conceptual relations between two different approaches to personality assessment, self description (the conscious level) and indirectly, through a projective assessment (the unconscious level). We have compared the NEO-PI-R and the Rorschach Comprehensive System indicators. The research goals were: the comparison of conceptually similarly defined indicators from both techniques, the comparison of the accordance of both levels of assessment between different groups of psychiatric patients, and determination of a set of variables composed from both instruments which successfully differentiate the examined neurotic and psychotic groups. The sample consists of 30 neurotic and 30 psychotic patients. The results show that there is certain correlation between conceptually similar indicators from both techniques and that it varies under the influence of the following factors: theoretical conceptual differences in the definition of indicators of different instruments, methodical differences in the levels of assessment (self description and projective), and personal differences in the approach of psychotic and neurotic patients towards structured and unstructured methods. We have discussed the problems of correlation studies, external validity and diagnostic accordance of different methods of assessment.



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