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Aggressiveness, Thematic Apperception Test, People with mental disabilities


There are nuiaerous ways of conceptualizing 9 large body of roGearch. OftBri studies differ on more than one variable* This is particularly true of investigations into the possible relationship between TAT performance and overt aggressive behavior* Little con-- distent systematic research ha.'j been undertaken in this area. Instead of holding a number of experimental variables or dimensions constant across studies in order to fully explore the effects of a given independ.ent variable, researchers arbitrarily select experimental dimensions. Thus there are a vast variety ox distinctly different populations examined on the basis of differing oriteiia of what con-ititutes aggressive behavior. To further complicate the matter, responses' to anything from one to twenty T.AT or TAT-].lVc cards have been scored by systems often unique to a given study.