Giovanna Manna, Giuseppe Scimeca, Maria Rosaria Como

The effects of physical and sexual abuse on thinking: A study with the Rorschach method Summary.

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Keywords: Trauma, maltreatment, abuse, cognitive process, Rorschach.

The aim of this study is to analyze thinking functioning characteristics using the Rorschach method. 22 children and adolescents with histories of physical and sexual abuse were compared with a group of 22 nonabused subjects. Exner's Comprehensive System variables measuring cognitive ideation and mediation were used (Exner, 2003). Results show that abused subjects have less appropriate mediational translations, moderate levels of disorganized thoughts, and an increased frequency of trauma content than the comparison group.

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