SCORS-G stimulus characteristics of select thematic apperception test cards

Michelle B. Stein, Jenelle M Slavin-Mulford, Caleb J. Siefert, Samuel Justin Sinclair, Megan Renna, Johanna Malone, Iruma Bello, Mark A. Blais

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There has been surprisingly little research into the stimulus properties of the Thematic Apperception Test Cards (TAT; Murray, 1943). This study used the Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale-Global Rating Method (SCORS-G; Stein, Hilsenroth, Slavin-Mulford, & Pinsker, 2011; Westen, 1995) to explore the stimulus properties of select TAT cards in a clinical sample. The SCORS-G is a theoretically based and empirically validated measure of object relations that has widely been used in TAT research. A sample of 80 patients referred for psychological assessment at a large Northeastern hospital were administered the TAT (Cards 1, 2, 3BM, 4, 13MF, 12M, and 14) as part of their assessment battery. Trained raters scored the narratives using the SCORS-G. The SCORS-G ratings were analyzed to determine the nature and degree of object representation "pull" both across and within the TAT cards. The results showed that Cards 3BM and 13MF exhibited the greatest card pull for negative pathological object representations, and Card 2 displayed the highest card pull for adaptive and mature object representations. Both clinical and research related implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-349
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 4 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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