Date of Award

12-5-2008

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

James B. Lane, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Adam Furchner, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Michel Hersen, Ph.D., ABPP

Abstract

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a widespread chronic pain condition of unknown etiology that has been associated with psychological and cognitive disturbances in addition to physical distress and debilitation. An exploratory study compared the Rorschach responses of individuals with FMS to normative data. Sample mean scores, ratios, and percentages were examined and compared to normative Rorschach data to identify any significant deviances and atypical characteristics. Results indicated that the fibromyalgia group deviated from the norm on individual variables associated with depression, coping, affect regulation, perception, and mediation. In addition, some similarities between sample scores and Rorschach features associated with alexithymia were observed.

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