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Author Leichtman, Martin.

Title The Rorschach : a developmental perspective / Martin Leichtman
Published Hillsdale, NJ : Analytic Press, 1996
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 318 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. Studies of the Rorschach in Early Childhood -- 2. Methodological Issues -- 3. Patterns of Early Rorschach Performance -- 4. The Preschool Rorschach Literature: Consensus, Controversy, and Synthesis -- 5. Characteristics of the Model -- 6. Stage I: Perseverative Approaches to the Rorschach -- 7. Stage II: Confabulatory Approaches to the Rorschach -- 8. Stage III: "The Rorschach" -- 9. Formulating the Problem -- 10. An Ego-Psychological Perspective on Preschoolers' Handling of the Rorschach -- 11. Work and Play -- 12. Interpersonal Aspects of the Rorschach Situation -- 13. The Rorschach Situation and the Orthogenetic Principle -- 14. The Perception Hypothesis -- 15. Rorschach Perception Hypotheses -- 16. A Critique of the Expanded Perception Hypotheses -- 17. Alternatives to the Perception Hypotheses -- 18. The Rorschach and Representation: I. The Nature of Projective Tests -- 19. The Rorschach and Representation: II. The Symbol Situation
Summary Along the way to these goals, Leichtman offers fresh insights into a variety of issues, including the manner in which the relationship with the examiner influences test performance, the rationale of Rorschach scores, and the pathognomic signs of thought disorder. New avenues of understanding are explored through case studies of rare penetration. A work of compelling synthesis, infused with broad scholarship and written with grace and charm, The Rorschach: A Developmental Perspective is destined to become a Rorschach classic
In point of fact, Leichtman argues, the two problems are intimately related. To appreciate the stages through which children gradually master the Rorschach in its standard form is to discover the nature of the test itself. Integrating his developmental analysis with an illuminating discussion of the extensive literature on test administration, scoring, and interpretation, Leichtman arrives at a new understanding of the Rorschach as a test of representation and creativity. This finding, in turn, leads to an intriguing reconceptualization of all projective tests that clarifies their relationship to more objective measures of ability
Martin Leichtman's The Rorschach: A Developmental Perspective is a work of stunning originality that takes as its point of departure a circumstance that has long confounded Rorschach examiners. Attempts to use the Rorschach with young children yield results that are inconsistent if not comical. What, after all, does one make of a protocol when the child treats a card like a frisbee or confidently detects "piadigats" and "red foombas"? A far more consequential problem facing examiners of adults and children alike concerns the very nature of the Rorschach task. Despite a voluminous literature establishing the personality correlates of particular Rorschach scores, neither Hermann Rorschach nor his intellectual descendants have provided an adequate explanation of precisely what the subject is being asked to do. Is the Rorschach a test of imagination? Of perception? Of projection?
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-306) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Rorschach-Test
Rorschach Test.
Developmental Disabilities -- diagnosis.
Developmental Disabilities -- psychology.
Psychology, Child.
Projective techniques for children.
Psychological tests for children.
Rorschach Test.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203778782