||Psychological survey of tuberculosis patients.
|| INDIAN J TB 1975, 22, 83-85.
The study aimed to determine some of the psychosocial
variables of hospitalized male and female TB patients and how they
responded on the Rorschach Ink Blot and Thematic Apperception Tests
(TAT). Evidence suggesting social rejection, apprehensions about
life and unhealthy family relationships were looked for among the
responses to the tests. Two consecutive series of 25 male and 25
female TB patients admitted to the TB Ward of K.G's Medical College
and, Gandhi Memorial and Associated Hospitals, Lucknow, from May-November
1968, were studied. They responded to a structured interview. Information
on the history of parental attitudes, any parental deprivation and
broken home situations was elicited and, the Rorschach test and
TAT were administered. The mean ages of the males and females were
33.2 and 22.4 years respectively.
A significantly higher number of females (72%)
perceived their childhood as having been difficult compared to 45%
of the males. There was no difference in male and female patients
with regard to indications of disturbed interpersonal relationships
with parental figure as revealed by the Rorschach test. On the TAT,
more females projected fear of death and fear of being cast out
of the social sphere than males. This result is probably due to
the social settings, where most females are found to be economically
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY; SOCIAL SURVEY; INDIA.