Corresponding Author Information: Adam W Anderson

Session Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Rorschach Inkblot Test research has validated many individual variables used in interpretation. The development of the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) (Meyer, Viglione, Mihura, Erard, & Erdberg, 2011) involved administrative procedures to “optimize” the number of responses subjects provided so as to limit the impact of protocol length on the interpretation of numerous Rorschach variables. This was accomplished by systematically prompting subjects to provide “two, maybe three” responses to each card” and “pulling” the card after four responses were given to a card. The R-PAS authors provide normative data regarding these heretofore unmeasured test behaviors (Prompts (Pr), Pulls (Pu), and Card Turns (CT)). However, these test administrative behaviors have received little focus as to their interpretive meaning outside of overt testing-taking observations. This study provides additional normative data for these test behaviors in a community sample and investigates the empirical correlates of these same behaviors.


190 non-clinical volunteer community participants from Central California.


Participants completed the Rorschach Inkblot Test (R-PAS method), the Personality Assessment Screener (PAS), the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence | Second Edition (WAIS-II), and a demographic questionnaire. Test administration was conducted by graduate students enrolled in doctoral clinical psychology training programs who were closely supervised by a licensed psychologist.


This study analyses archival data using multivariate analyses consisting of structural equation modeling, including exploratory and confirmatory analyses to identify potential factorial groupings and to examine their relationship with other latent variables found within the sample.


Pending data analysis.


Data analysis is ongoing.


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Meyer, G. J., Viglione, D. J., Mihura, J. L., Erard, R. E., & Erdberg, P. (2011). Rorschach performance assessment system: Administration, coding, interpretation, and technical manual. Toledo: Rorschach Performance Asessment System, LLC.


Adam W Anderson | Alliant International University Fresno, CA

Robert N. Harris | Alliant International University Fresno, CA

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