Thematic Apperception Test for Children

The use of thematic apperception tests in personality assessment has been a bone of contention ever since the first instruments were published over 50 years ago. Nevertheless, the Thematic Apperception Test, the Children's Apperception Test and the Columbus (from the Netherlands) have continued to be popular among practicing psychologists. Some new instruments (e.g. the TEMAS and the RATC) were developed more recently, and there is now a variety of thematic apperception tests available for child and adolescent assessment.

This study addresses some of the controversial issues surrounding thematic apperception tests. The aim has been to tackle various clinical assumptions that have fostered the unabated use of this instrument and to provide a comprehensive view of this instrument for child assessment.

The Thematic Apperception Test for Children was originally published in 1999 as a doctoral thesis for the author's PhD at Utrecht University. A summary in Dutch is available.

The following Chapters may be downloaded in PDF format:

Chapter 1 Why do we use thematic apperception tests in child assessment? Should we?

Chapter 2 Historical overview of projective testing

Chapter 3 Current thematic apperception tests for child and adolescent assessment

The Thematic Apperception Test for Children
Author: Nicky Cohen de Lara-Kroon
ISBN 09 393 1650 3
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