Date of Award

Summer 1995

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Ivanoff, John

Second Advisor

Lueger, Robert J.

Third Advisor

Fox, Robert


This study's older adult participants live in the community and function at a high level, but give fewer human movement and color responses than the Exner adult normative sample. Adult control group participants under age 60 show expected frequency of human movement and color responses, but fail to show retest reliability claimed for the Comprehensive System. Examiner's use of the recommended encouragement to give more than 13 responses may increase number of responses, but does not increase reliability. Predicted retest reliability of a much wider range of structural findings is also not found for either group. A behavioral task previously reported to validate EB style fails to show the predicted relationship with Rorschach EB processing style for either group.



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