Estimating the Effects of Thematic Apperception Test Card Content on SCORS–G Ratings: Replication With a Nonclinical Sample

Caleb J. Siefert, Michelle B. Stein, Jenelle M Slavin-Mulford, Samuel Justin Sinclair, Greg Haggerty, Mark A. Blais

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The content of Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) cards can, in some cases, influence how respondents form narratives. This study examines how imagery from select TAT cards affects the narratives of respondents from a nonclinical setting. The Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale–Global Rating Method (SCORS–G; Stein, Hilsenroth, Slavin-Mulford, & Pinsker, 2011; Westen, Lohr, Silk, Kerber, & Goodrich, 1989) was used to rate narratives. Forty-nine college students provided narratives to 6 TAT cards. Narratives were rated by two expert raters using the SCORS–G. Consistent with prior research, Card 2 exhibited the most pull for adaptive ratings on SCORS–G scales, and 3 BM exhibited the most pull for maladaptive ratings. Findings for other cards were mixed. Although raters were highly reliable, internal consistency estimates were lower than desirable for 6 of the 8 SCORS–G scales. Variance component estimates indicated that card by person interactions accounted for the largest amount of variance in person-level scores. Results and limitations are discussed in light of prior research. We also make suggestions for further lines of research in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)598-607
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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