An experimental critique of assumptions underlying the Negro version of the TAT

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A quantitative study of the length of TAT protocols given by 30 Negro and 30 white female college students in the North with a Negro and white administrator on the Murray-TAT and the Thompson-TAT modification indicated no statistically significant difference in productivity of Negroes with the T-TAT as compared with the M-TAT. Northern white subjects produced longer stories than did Northern Negroes on the T-TAT regardless of the color of the examiner. In comparison with Southern Negroes of equivalent educational background, Northern Negroes and white produce stories of longer length on both M-TAT and T-TAT regardless of the color of the administrator. “The usefulness of Thompson's hypothesis concerning identification and culture with reference to Negroes needs to be questioned.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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