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Scoring the Rorschach

Seven Validated Systems, 1st Edition

Edited by Robert F. Bornstein, Joseph M. Masling


304 pages

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Exner's Comprehensive System has attracted so much attention in recent years that many clinicians and personality researchers are unaware that alternative Rorschach scoring systems exist. This is unfortunate, because some of these systems have tremendous clinical value. Scoring the Rorschach: Seven Validated Systems provides detailed reviews of the best-validated alternative approaches, and points to promising new paths towards the continued growth and refinement of Rorschach interpretation.

The editors set the stage with an extended introduction to historical controversies and cutting-edge empirical methods for Rorschach validation. Each chapter presents a different Rorschach scoring system. A brief history is followed by detailed information on scoring and interpretation, a comprehensive summary of evidence bearing on construct validity, and discussion of clinical applications, empirical limitations, and future directions. A user-friendly scoring "manual" for each system offers readers practical guidance.

The systems tap a broad array of content areas including ego defenses, thought disorder, mental representations of self and others, implicit motives, personality traits, and potential for psychotherapy.

All psychologists seriously engaged in the work of personality assessment will find in this book welcome additions to their professional toolkits.


"This book is a significant contribution to the literature on the Rorschach and a much-needed one….this text will serve researchers and graduate students well, especially those inclined to study diagnosis, nosology, and psychotherapy outcomes, and it should be included in every academic library. At a minimum, it provides a firm foothold for angels and fools alike."


Table of Contents

Contents: I.B. Weiner, Foreword. Preface. J.M. Masling, R.F. Bornstein, Scoring the Rorschach: Retrospect and Prospect. L. Handler, A.J. Clemence, The Rorschach Prognostic Rating Scale. P.S. Holzman, D.L. Levy, M.H. Johnston, The Use of the Rorschach Technique for Assessing Formal Thought Disorder. K.N. Levy, K.B. Meehan, J.S. Auerbach, S.J. Blatt, Concept of the Object on the Rorschach Scale. R.F. Bornstein, J.M. Masling, The Rorschach Oral Dependency Scale. R.M. O'Neill, Body Image, Body Boundary, and the Barrier and Penetration Rorschach Scoring System. R.R. Holt, The Pripro Scoring System. P.M. Lerner, Defense and Its Assessment: The Learner Defense Scale.

About the Series

Personality and Clinical Psychology

This series of books is intended to provide information about personality processes and their implications for the science and practice of clinical psychology. To this end, the books in the series integrate conceptual formulations, research findings, and practical recommendations concerning a broad range of topics, including theoretical perspectives on the nature of personality; biological and psychosocial influences on personality development; continuity and change in dimensions of personality across the lifespan; personality characteristics likely to foster adjustment difficulties; classification of abnormal personality patterns associated with psychopathological conditions; assessment procedures for evaluating individual differences in personality and identifying types of psychopathology; and methods of ameliorating adjustment problems, treating psychological disturbances, and promoting positive mental health.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Forensic Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Assessment, Testing & Measurement