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Comparison of TAT and free speech techniques for eliciting source material in computerized content analysis.
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PMID:  16370867     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
We compared the free speech samples and Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) responses of 95 community-residing volunteers by using the General Inquirer content analysis computer program and the Harvard III Psychosociological Dictionary (Stone, Dunphy, Smith, & Ogitvie, 1966). Comparability was assessed by computing mean differences and correlations among techniques. The techniques were evaluated by assessing the ability of data derived from each to predict individual differences in developmental level, gender, depressive symptomatology, and personality. Results show highly discriminable profiles and low reliability among techniques. TAT data were superior in predicting individual, differences. We suggest that structured techniques like the TAT are preferable to standard free speech instructions for eliciting data in content analytic studies and discuss the possibility of computerized content analysis as a method of scoring the TAT.
Authors:
P P Schnurr; S D Rosenberg; T E Oxman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of personality assessment     Volume:  58     ISSN:  0022-3891     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pers Assess     Publication Date:  1992 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-22     Completed Date:  2006-01-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1260201     Medline TA:  J Pers Assess     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  311-25     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Medical and Regional Office Center, White River Junction, VT 05009, USA.
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