Author(s): Westen D
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Abstract Despite its widespread use, the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) has rarely been used systematically as a clinical instrument. This article describes a multidimensional measure devised for the clinical assessment of object relations using the TAT. Four scales assessing different dimensions of object relations, which have been validated in several studies, are described: Complexity of Representations of People, Affect-Tone of Relationship Paradigms, Capacity for Emotional Investment in Relationships and Moral Standards, and Understanding of Social Causality. Use of the scales is illustrated by applying them to TAT responses of a borderline patient and a normal subject.
This article was published in J Pers Assess
and referenced in Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy