The Rorschach: A Developmental Perspective (Paperback)Martin Leichtman (author)
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Martin Leichtman's The Rorschach 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 test. Despite 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?
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 relationships to more objective measures of ability.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Despite the resurgent popularity of the Rorschach, few have questioned its theoretical underpinnings. Leichtman does. Using the stages through which young children progressively master the test as his point of entry, Leichtman offers a remarkably scholarly and evocative account of the conceptual nature of the Rorschach task, including the distinctive quality of Rorschach stimuli, the nature of the patient-examiner relationship, and the assumptions underlying Rorschach scoring. In addition to its rich theoretical yield, this book provides the most penetrating discussion to date of the Rorschach assessment of children. For serious students of the Rorschach - theorists, clinicians, and researchers alike - this volume is absolutely essential reading. Leichtman has given us a genuine Rorschach treasure."
- Paul M. Lerner, Ed.D., Author, Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Rorschach (Analytic Press, 1998)
"In clear, readable language and with compelling logic, Martin Leichtman tackles the question usually avoided or lightly passed over by other writers: What is the nature of the Rorschach task itself? He pursues this problem methodically and convincingly through careful examination of the Rorschachs of preschool children. Leichtman is intimidated neither by methodological debates nor by previous divergent conceptions of stages in the mastery of the test. Instead, he creatively suggests how these controversies can be used to construct a new view of this developmental process, and how, in turn, we can better understand the Rorschachs not only of children but of adults as well."
- Mary S. Cerney, Ph.D., Past President, Society for Personality Assessment
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