Rorschach Configurations of Children with ADHD

Authored by: Tuber Steve , Benjamin H. Harris , Kevin B. Meehan , Joseph S. Reynoso , Jasmine Ueng-McHale

The Clinical Assessment of Children and Adolescents: A Practitioner’s Handbook

Print publication date:  August  2006
Online publication date:  September  2015

Print ISBN: 9780805857917
eBook ISBN: 9781315827308
Adobe ISBN: 9781317843474


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This chapter presents both idiographic and nomothetic data describing patterns of responses from the Rorschach Inkblot Method (RIM) for a group of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). We begin by briefly reviewing an object representational approach to children’s Rorschach performance and then shift to a description of the nature and consequences of ADHD in young children. We then describe a recent study that examines the quality of Rorschach object representational paradigms in children with this disorder. We conclude with two case illustrations of children with ADHD that both amplify the nomothetic findings and suggest a possible prototype for how young children with ADHD may present on the Rorschach and why.

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