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January 4, 1947

Diagnostic Psychological Testing: The Theory, Statistical Evaluation, and Diagnostic Application of a Battery of Tests. Volume II

JAMA. 1947;133(1):71. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880010073023

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This volume by members of the research staff of the Menninger Foundation deals with the so-called projective tests; volume 1 presented the authors' work with nonprojective tests, the Bellevue scale, the Babcock test and the sorting test. The present work covers studies with the word association test, the Rohrschacher test and the thematic apperception test. These are diagnostic tests of personality and ideational content in contrast to tests of intelligence and achievement. The first chapter discusses the nature, applications and misapplications of the projective tests. The chapter on the word association test presents the psychologic rationale of the test, the method of administration and the results of analysis of the stimulus words. The diagnostic significance of disturbances in the associations in the groups of psychotic and neurotic persons to whom the test was given are discussed. As a result of their analyses the authors have undertaken to revise the stimulus-word

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