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Lerner, P.M. (2007). On Preserving A Legacy: Psychoanalysis and Psychological Testing. Psychoanal. Psychol., 24(2):208-230.

(2007). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 24(2):208-230

On Preserving A Legacy: Psychoanalysis and Psychological Testing

Paul M. Lerner, EdD, ABPP

With changes in the structure of the Menninger Foundation and its relocation from Topeka, Kansas, to Houston, Texas, and the greater opportunity for psychologists to obtain full psychoanalytic training, interest among psychologists/psychoanalysts in psychological testing has waned. This, in my judgment, is unfortunate, because it raises the possibility that fewer psychoanalytically oriented psychologists will be aware of the work of Rapaport and his contributions to testing. Based on the conviction that Rapaport's legacy is worth preserving, especially at a time when several are calling for a firming up of the scientific basis of psychoanalysis, in this article I review Rapaport's contributions to psychological testing, those of his students and colleagues, and discuss the work of current writers within this tradition.

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