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ERIC Number: ED239134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
The Status of Projective Techniques: Or, "Wishing Won't Make It Go Away."
Piotrowski, Chris
The predicted decline in usefulness and emphasis of projective techniques was analyzed from several different perspectives including the academic community, members of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12, internship centers, the applied clinical setting, and private practitioners. In addition, an extensive review of empirical, survey, and position studies over the past two decades was conducted. In order to gauge the current status of projective techniques, data were obtained in a national survey of 113 APA-approved clinical psychology programs. Analyses of results showed that 68 percent of the respondents required either one half or one full course on projective personality assessment. However, 46 percent felt that projective personality assessment would decrease in the academic setting in the near future. Respondents indicated that the clinical doctoral candidate should be familiar with the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), the Rorschach, and the Sentence Completion Test. On the surface, the findings seem to indicate a state of pessimism about the outlook for projective techniques, due to their poor psychometric properties. However, a majority of those surveyed felt projective techniques should be retained as an instructional area and that novice clinical practitioners should be familiar with the major traditional projective techniques of the past. The implications of previous research and the survey findings lend support to the usefulness of projective techniques. (JAC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A