Methodological issues in evaluating Rorschach validity: A comment on Burns and Viglione (1996), Weiner (1996), and Ganellen (1996)

James M. Wood, M. Teresa Nezworski, William J. Stejskal, Sena Garven, Stephen G. West

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Abstract

The old controversy regarding the Rorschach Inkblot Test has recently revived. The present article suggests that the debate will be most productive if careful attention is paid to methodological issues. Three recent examples illustrate how incorrect conclusions regarding Rorschach validity may occur if methodological issues are not evaluated carefully. The present article examines (a) Burns and Viglione's (1996) conclusion that the Rorschach Human Experience Variable (HEV) is a predictor of interpersonal relatedness among adults; (b) Weiner's (1996) conclusion that the D score and Morbid Responses (MOR) are valid measures of "experienced distress" in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); and (c) Ganellen's (1996a, 1996b) conclusion that the Rorschach Depression Index (DEPI) and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) are comparable in their power to identify diagnoses of depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-129
Number of pages15
JournalAssessment
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1999

Keywords

  • Comprehensive system for the rorschach
  • Depression
  • Methodology
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Rorschach inkblot test
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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