Portland State University, Department of Psychology
Date of Publication
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
Thematic Apperception Test, Aggressiveness, Criminal psychology
1 online resource (70 p.)
Past research has shown that there are many factors that influence projective test responses. This is especially true of the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT). Certain variables that have been found to influence the TAT response were studied in this experiment. These variables included the subjects’ scores on purported measures of the personality trait of aggression, and various parameters of the TAT cards themselves.
This experiment included three studies which investigated the relationship between test measures of aggression and aggressive behavior. The three studies were conducted concurrently using the same subject population: forty-two male inmates at the Oregon State Penitentiary. They were divided into two groups of aggressiveness according to the crime they had committed; 21 inmates had committed aggressive crimes and 21 inmates had committed non-aggressive crimes. The subjects wrote stories for eight TAT cards; completed a questionnaire including items of aggression, guilt, and defensiveness; and provided personal information such as age, educational level, and amount of time in prison.
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Bauman, Christine Ruth and Leitner, David James, "A Study of the Relationship Between Overt Behavior and: I) TAT Fantasy Aggression and the Stimulus Properties of Selected TAT Cards, II) Self-Report Measures of Aggression and Guilt, III) TAT Fantasy Aggression, Self-Report Measures and Personal Data" (1975). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2354.