Projective Techniques

  • Paul J. Frick
  • Christopher T. Barry
  • Randy W. Kamphaus


No type of assessment has engendered as much controversy as projective techniques. For some, projectives are synonymous with personality testing and provide some of the richest sources of clinical information on children and adolescents (Hughes, Gacono, & Owen, 2007; Rabin, 1986; Weiner, 1986). For others, projective techniques typically do not meet even the minimum of basic psychometric standards, and their use, therefore, detracts from the assessment process and tarnishes the image that psychological testing has with other professionals and with the general public (Anastasi, 1988; Gittelman-Klein, 1986; Hunsley & Bailey, 2001). In Box 10.1, we have attempted to summarize some of the major arguments made on either side of this debate.


Projective Technique Projective Test Thematic Technique Interpretive System Clinical Tradition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul J. Frick
    • 1
  • Christopher T. Barry
    • 2
  • Randy W. Kamphaus
    • 3
  1. 1.University of New OrleansNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA
  3. 3.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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