Encyclopedia of Adolescence

2011 Edition
| Editors: Roger J. R. Levesque

Thematic Apperception Test

  • Edward D. RossiniEmail author
  • Robert J. Moretti
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1695-2_202

While controversial among academic clinical psychologists, the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT; Murray 1943) remains a widely used projective personality assessment technique in the clinical assessment of adolescents and in research on personality development throughout adolescence. The TAT is essentially a semi-structured storytelling technique, with the stories told in response to a series of emotionally provocative and/or ambiguous achromatic pictures. While rooted in psychoanalytic theory, especially the analytical psychology of C.G. Jung, a variety of objective coding and scoring systems now exist to measure both normal developmental personality motives and needs (e.g., achievement, intimacy, power) as well as a variety of clinical constructs directly related to an adolescent’s level of personality organization and psychopathological deficits. However, most clinical psychologists continue to use informal, idiographic interpretations of an adolescent’s stories to understand their...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyRoosevelt UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, C.G. Jung Institute of ChicagoChicagoUSA