On the Comparison of TAT and Free Speech Techniques in Personality Assessment

Peter B. Zeldow, Dan P. McAdams

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Schnurr, Rosenberg, and Oxman (1992) recently compared the free speech samples and Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) responses of 95 normal adults. They concluded that the two techniques are not interchangeable, and that the TAT, which proved superior in the prediction of individual differences, may be preferable to free speech instructions for eliciting data in content analytic studies. We disagree with both conclusions. Various forms of narrative speech samples may be highly correlated, so long as psychologically meaningful, well-validated, and higher order content categories are used. The use of first-order content categories is less likely to contribute to the study of personality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-185
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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