Projective Techniques and Cross-Cultural Research

Projective Techniques and Cross-Cultural Research

Projective Techniques and Cross-Cultural Research

Projective Techniques and Cross-Cultural Research

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This monograph focuses on problems and contributions generated by extensive use of projective techniques in cross-cultural research. Although some topics, such as the definition of projective techniques and their relation to psychological theory, are treated more comprehensively here than elsewhere in the literature, the volume is not intended primarily for the specialist in projective testing. Rather, it is written for the person who is interested in applying these instruments in anthropological research. The problems encountered in such research are by no means unique, however, and many of the issues discussed here are relevant to the use of projective techniques in other areas, including the clinical setting.

The original impetus for this volume was an invitation from the former Committee on Social Behavior of the Social Science Research Council. The committee at the time of our initial discussion consisted of Donald G. Marquis, Chairman, Leonard S. Cottrell, Leon Festinger, Irving L. Janis, Horace M. Minor, Robert R. Sears, William H. Sewell, M. Brewster Smith, Staff Representative, and Robin Williams. Most of the members of this group have made important suggestions, both at the original conference and after reading drafts of various chapters, and the counsel and encouragement of Professor Smith have been indispensable throughout. In addition, I have gained from conversations with Pendleton Herring, Eleanor C. Isbell, and Paul Webbink.

The list of other individuals who have contributed to the monograph by their suggestions and comments is distressingly long. Considering the number of distinguished social scientists whose aid I acknowledge, the reader might anticipate a volume far more substantial than the one to follow. To be honest, however, I must report having benefited from generous advice from: Theodora M. Abel, Gordon W. Allport, John W. Atkinson, Donald T. Campbell, William Caudill, George A. DeVos, Cora DuBois, James L. Gibbs, Thomas Gladwin, Jules Henry, William E. Henry, Adam Hoebel, Robert R.Holt . . .

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