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July 1957

The Sentence Completion Method: Its Diagnostic and Clinical Application to Mental Disorders.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;78(1):111. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330370125020

This book presents a thorough and detailed exposition of the Sentence Completion Test as a valuable clinical instrument. Dr. Rohde reviews the history of the technique and the existing variations before presenting instructions for administration, scoring, and interpretation. The scoring method used is essentially that of Dr. Henry Murray's need-press system devised for use with the TAT. This method allows for finer qualitative, as well as quantitative, analysis and comparisons and suggests the rich potential of this approach for training and for research use. One of the chief advantages which this technique has offered to practicing clinicians is that it allows for a relatively quick appraisal of personality aspects which supplement the findings of other, more basic techniques, and yields data that can be interpreted from a variety of conceptual frameworks. There is some question as to whether the elaborate and somewhat tedious scoring system offered here would add enough

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