ERIC Number: ED395236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Review and Critique of the Tell-Me-A-Story (TEMAS) Apperceptive Test.
Gesek, Glenn J.
The Tell-Me-A-Story Apperceptive Test (TEMAS) is an individual apperceptive test, similar to the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) of personality assessment. The TEMAS is intended for use with children and adolescents ages 5-18 years old, and is marketed as a personality assessment tool for minority, primarily Hispanic and African-American, and non-minority girls and boys. This paper contains a "Practical Evaluation" section, which: (1) describes the physical composition of a TEMAS; (2) discusses possible confounding factors intrinsic to the administration and interpretation of the TEMAS; and (3) describes how TEMAS stories are scored. The paper's "Technical Evaluation" section examines a sample of 642 children and discusses TEMAS' internal consistency, test-retest reliability, interrater reliability, content validity, construct validity, criterion validity, and concurrent validity as obtained from the data collected. The conclusion is drawn that the TEMAS is an excellent attempt at balancing out the disparity in multi-cultural assessment, while its primary value currently seems to be as a clinical instrument. Further studies of the African-American population's experiences with this instrument need to be conducted, and work needs to be done in general to ascertain whether the TEMAS will be suitable for suburban minority youth. (TS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: TEMAS Thematic Apperception Test
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, January 25-27, 1996).