Article Title: The Manifestation of Aggression Among Patients with Conversion Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Author(s): Dr. Sarwat Sultan and Shahida Parveen

Institute(s):  of Applied Psychology, Bahauddin Zakaria University, Multan

Journal: The Pakistan Journal of Social Issues, Volume 2, December 2010, ISSN: 2219-2433

Correspondence Address: Dr. Sarwat Sultan, Chairperson, Department of Applied Psychology, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan. E-mail: sarwatsultan@hotmail.com

Abstract

This study aimed at exploring the differences in the manifestation of aggression among 92 patients with conversion disorder and 73 patients with obsessive compulsive disorder who were admitted to Nishtar Hospital, Multan. The Aggression Questionnaire designed by Buss and Perry (1992) was used to measure the four facets of aggression: physical aggression, verbal aggression, anger and hostility. The findings suggest that aggressive symptoms are more common in patients with conversion disorder than in patients with obsessive compulsive disorder. Among patients with conversion disorder, aggressive symptoms are more common in women patients and patients with large family size. However, no significant differences could be observed in the manifestation of aggression among patients with conversion disorder based on their marital status, family system, place of residence (urban / rural), income level and birth order.

Keywords: conversion disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, hysteria, aggression, dysfunction