ERIC Number: ED265174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug-23
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Cross-Cultural Validation of TEMAS, a Minority Projective Test.
Costantino, Giuseppe; And Others
The theoretical framework and cross-cultural validation of Tell-Me-A-Story (TEMAS), a projective test developed to measure personality development in ethnic minority children, is presented. The TEMAS test consists of 23 chromatic pictures which incorporate the following characteristics: (1) representation of antithetical concepts which the examinee must resolve in telling a story about the pictures; (2) structure and reduced ambiguity in order to pull specific, underlying personality functions; and (3) ethnic and contemporary stimuli to elicit diagnostically significant stories. The TEMAS test has been standardized with Hispanic children (grades K-6) in New York and Puerto Rico, and is in the process of being standardized with Black and White children in the United States. Preliminary studies of the New York population indicated that Hispanic and Black children were more verbally fluent on the TEMAS than the Thematic Apperception Test, and that TEMAS pictures evoked stable themes over a four-month interval. Other studies established internal consistency and interclinician reliability in rating TEMAS protocols. Evidence of concurrent validity was established, as well as the utility of TEMAS in predicting therapeutic outcomes in a therapy project. Discriminant validity was based on TEMAS profiles, which discriminated significantly between clinical and nonclinical samples of Hispanic and Black children. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Minority Group Mental Health Program.
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Thematic Apperception Test