Date of Award

1975

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Physical Description

1 online resource (70 p.)

Subjects

Thematic Apperception Test, Aggressiveness, Criminal psychology

DOI

10.15760/etd.2352

Abstract

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.

Description

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Psychology

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/15602

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