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The object relations of individuals who misuse alcohol and have co-morbid depressive or bipolar disorders and/or personality disorders

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dc.contributor.advisor Laidlaw, Christine Erasmus, Maeve Sophia 2017-01-16T14:17:41Z 2017-01-16T14:17:41Z 2016-03
dc.identifier.citation Erasmus, Maeve Sophia (2016) The object relations of individual who misuse alcohol and have co-mornid depressive of bipolar disorders and/or personality disorders, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This study explored the Object Relations of a sample of 45 subjects who were using alcohol and were diagnosed with co-morbid Depressive or Bipolar disorders and/or Personality disorders. All subjects were receiving treatment at a government psychiatric hospital in South Africa. The similarities and differences in the Object Relations of these individuals were identified. A biographical questionnaire, the Alcohol Use Disorder Test (AUDIT), which was used as a screening measure, and the Bells Object Relations and Reality Testing Inventory (BORRTI) were administered to obtain information from a purposive sample. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyse the results of the assessment measures. Analysis of the BORRTI data indicated a high rate of depressive and personality disorders within this sample. Results of the sub-sample (n=29) whose scores were included in the Pearson’s Correlation Coefficient analysis indicate that higher levels of alcohol consumption result in increased levels of hallucinations and delusions. Other correlations were identified between high levels of alcohol consumption and heightened levels of reality distortions and more uncertainty in the perceptions of these individuals. Significant differences in the scores of the male and female participants were identified. With the female participants, the higher the level of alcohol consumption, the lower the individuals scored in terms of pathological levels of egocentricity, uncertain perceptions, insecure attachments, alienation, social incompetence as well as hallucinations and delusions. Alternatively, in the male sample, higher levels of alcohol consumption result in increased hallucinations and delusions, reality distortions, uncertainty in perceptions, alienation, social incompetence and egocentricity.
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (296 unnumbered pages) : illustrations (some color)
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Addiction
dc.subject Alcohol abuse
dc.subject Alcohol use
dc.subject Alcohol misuse
dc.subject Bipolar disorders
dc.subject Mood disorders
dc.subject Object relations theory
dc.subject Personality disorders
dc.subject Psychodynamic therapy
dc.subject.ddc 616.895
dc.subject.lcsh Alcoholism -- Treatment
dc.subject.lcsh Alcoholism -- Patients
dc.subject.lcsh Alcoholism and mental illness
dc.subject.lcsh Manic-depressive illness
dc.subject.lcsh Mental illness -- Treatment
dc.title The object relations of individuals who misuse alcohol and have co-morbid depressive or bipolar disorders and/or personality disorders en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Psychology en M.A. (Research Psychology)

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