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TAT

Thematic Apperception Test

Henry A. Murray, PhD

Purpose:
Reveals an individual's drives, emotions, and conflicts
Format:
Paper and pencil
Age range:
5 years to 79 years
Time:
Two sessions of 1 hour each
Qualification level:
C
C
All qualifications for Level B plus an advanced professional degree that provides appropriate training in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

The TAT is a widely used projective test for the assessment of children and adults. It is designed to reveal an individual’s perception of interpersonal relationships.

  • Thirty-one picture cards serve as stimuli for stories and descriptions about relationships or social situations.
  • Cards include specific subsets for boys, girls, men, and women.
  • The test is useful as part of a comprehensive study of personality and in the interpretation of behavior disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, neuroses, and psychoses.