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January 1960

Personality Change and Development as Measured by the Projective Techniques.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;2(1):122-124. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.03590070124017

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For workers in clinical psychology and psychiatry, this is a book to hearten the steadfastly faithful and to confound those of little faith. Dr. Harrower draws on her experience in testing some 4,000 persons over 15 years with a standard battery of projective techniques to answer the question, among others: “To what extent does projective material actually mirror reported change in behavioral adjustment and change in subjective experience?” After a report of some control studies of retesting over short time spans (1 to 3, and 30 days), the volume consists mainly of comparisons of before and after protocols, collected from six months to ten or more years apart, bracketing ordinary or extraordinary life experiences, psychotherapy of differing duration, persuasion, and success, or intended environmental change. Test changes are compared with clinical changes, the latter based mainly on the ratings of therapists who had continued contact with the patients over the

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