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Murphy, W.F. (1947). Manual of Diagnostic Psychological Testing. Part II, Diagnostic Testing of Personality and Ideational Content: By David Rapaport, Ph.D. and Roy Schafer, B.S., with the collaboration of Merton Gill, M.D. New York: Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, 1946. 100 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 16:424-425.
(1947). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 16:424-425
Manual of Diagnostic Psychological Testing. Part II, Diagnostic Testing of Personality and Ideational Content: By David Rapaport, Ph.D. and Roy Schafer, B.S., with the collaboration of Merton Gill, M.D. New York: Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, 1946. 100 pp.
Review by: William F. Murphy
This book is the second part of a study sponsored jointly by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation and the Menninger Foundation and published in greater detail under the title, Diagnostic Psychological Testing: The Theory, Statistical Evaluation and Diagnostic Application of a Battery of Tests. It deals essentially with the Word Association, Rorschach and Thematic Apperception Tests. The typography and make up of this monograph is a great advance over Part I of this series.
An excellent review of these tests is presented, especially the Rorschach Test. The limitations of this test are very adequately described, and the authors rightfully score the diagnostically unprofitable and time consuming refinements in technique that have appeared in recent years, especially the new scores introduced to reflect fine nuances of response and psychological meanings not validated statistically. However, their own discussion of the four form levels (F+, F, F±, F-) almost falls into the same category, because probably there is enough confusion for the majority of workers in differentiating simply between F+ and F- forms. A comparison of the average tables with those of others who use the Rorschach Test shows many discrepancies. Further statistical validation studies are needed and the authors appear well aware of this fact.
One of the most interesting and valuable parts of this book is the discussion of deviant verbalization of Rorschach responses, chiefly the vagaries of schizophrenic speech, and it should be carefully studied by all who employ the Rorschach Test.
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