ERIC Number: ED227407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Review of Projective Personality Assessment Techniques.
Obrzut, John E.
This paper reviews the literatuare on projective techniques of personality assessment and their use by school psychologists. Following a brief survey of the development of projective techniques, several of the most widely used techniques are briefly discussed, i.e., the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), the Childrens Apperception Test (CAT), the Picture Story Test, and two used in conjunction with the Rorschach, the House-Tree Person and Machover's Figure Drawing Technique. The theoretical assumptions and empirical issues related to the use of projective techniques by school psychologists are reviewed as they have been discussed in the literature by Musser and Naylor (1954), Lesser (1957), Kagan (1956), Leary (1957), and Murstein and Wolf (1970). Issues of reliability, validity, and meaningfulness are discussed in relation to several tests, e.g., the pyschopathology scale of the Hutt adaptation of the Bender-Gestalt test, the Kinetic Family Drawing, the Rorschach (with various populations), and the Sentence Completion Test of Ego Development. Special issues in the evaluation of young children, i.e., age, developmental status, verbal ability, mood and overall ease in the test situation, are delineated, and the value of the use projective techniques is summarized. (MCF)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).