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September 17, 1949

Introduction to the Szondi Test: Theory and Practice

JAMA. 1949;141(3):234-235. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910030064035

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Psychiatrists and psychologists who are on the qui vive for the latest in psychometric technic have undoubtedly become acquainted with the Szondi Test which consists of 48 photographs of persons with a variety of mental diseases. Until Deri's book was published the only guide to the administration and interpretation of this test was Szondi's Experimentelle Triebdiagnostik which even in the hands of the skilled translator was found difficult to interpret.

Mme. Deri's contribution should not be considered a translation of Szondi's books. Comparatively little attempt has been made to present Szondi's theory of "the psychologic function of the latent recessive genes," which forms the basis for his test. For these, one must go to Szondi's "Schicksalanalyse." Instead, the present volume represents the author's attempt to interpret each of the basic test factors underlying this test. In addition, the psychologic assumptions contributing to this interpretation are indicated.

Whether or not one

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