A small sample of American Black females who suffer from "falling-out" (seizure-like episodes with no evidence of organicity) were intensively interviewed and tested with a battery of psychological instruments. Results indicated that subjects were of good intelligence and did not have personality profiles of hysterics. Commonalities included depression which appeared characterological rather than reactive; emotional constriction: denial and repression as primary defense mechanisms; lack of creative and imaginal resources; sexual problems and pronounced hostility toward males; and a tendency toward withdrawal and isolation in daily life. "Falling-out" appeared to be a desperate mode of dealing with anxiety in a group with limited coping mechanisms and almost no external support systems.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Social Science and Medicine. Part B Medical Anthropology|
|State||Published - Apr 1979|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health