Thigpen and Cleckley (1954)

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What was Thigpen and Cleckley's study based on?
Multiple Personality disorder. The case of Sybil.
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What was the aim of the study?
To give an account of the psychotheraputic experience of an individual who was considered to have MPD
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Who was the participant?
25 year-old married mother with a four year-old daughter. Eve White.
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Why was Eve White referred to Thigpen?
Complained of severe headaches and blackouts following the headaches
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What research method was used?
Case Study
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How was the study done?
By a range of interviews adding up to 100 hours and hypnosis to draw out different personalities
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How long did the study go on for?
14 months
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What tests did Eve undergo?
Psychometric tests and projection tests, EEg
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How did the researchers first realise Eve had MPD?
A letter was written to him mostly in eve's writing apart from the last few line which were written in a childish scrawl
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How did Eve Black first show her appearance?
Eve white held her hands to her head as if in pain when she put her head up her manner and voice had changed
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What did the second personality call herself?
Eve Black
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What type of person was Eve Black
mischievous, light-hearted and playful
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What were the results from the IQ test?
Eve White: 110 Eve Black: 104
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What were the results for the memory test?
Eve White: higher performance than IQ Eve Back: Same performance as IQ
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What were the results from the projective tests?
Eve White: Repression Eve Black: Regression
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What was the third personality called?
Jane
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What was Jane like?
More confident and assertive than Eve White and was aware of the other two personalities
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What did the EEG scan show?
EB was most tense then EW and Jane. EB had a psychopathic personality EW and Jane were normal
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What did T&C conclude?
They had not been tricked.
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