Interpersonal dependency and personality pathology: Variations in Rorschach oral dependency scores across axis II diagnoses

Robert F. Bornstein, Mark J. Hilsenroth, Justin R. Padawer, J. Christopher Fowler

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Abstract

Although several investigations have examined the relationship of Rorschach Oral Dependency (ROD; Masling, Rabie, and Blondheim, 1967) scores to Axis I diagnosis, there has been very little research assessing variations in ROD scores across Axis II personality disorders (PDs). In this study, ROD scores were compared in 5 PD groups (borderline PD inpatients, borderline PD outpatients, avoidant-dependent PD outpatients, narcissistic PD outpatients, and antisocial PD outpatients), and 2 non-PD comparison groups (psychotic disorder inpatients and college students). Borderline PD inpatients had significantly higher ROD scores than borderline PD outpatients, antisocial PD outpatients, and college students; no other between-group differences were found. We discuss implications of these results for research on dependency and Axis II psychopathology and offer suggestions for future studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-491
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Volume75
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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