Children’s Apperception Test

Purpose: Designed as a projective method of describing personality.

Population: Ages 3 to 10 years.

Score: N/A.

Time: (30) minutes.

Authors: Leopold Bellak and Sonya Sorel Bellak.

Publisher: C.P.S., Inc.

Description: The Children’s Apperception Test (CAT-A) is a projective method of describing personality by studying individual differences in the responses made to stimuli presented in the form of pictures of animals in selected settings. The 10 items consist of 10 scenes showing a variety of animal figures, mostly in unmistakably human social settings. The use of animal rather than human figures was based on the assumption that children of these ages would identify more readily with appealing drawings of animals than with drawings of humans. The author discusses interpretation on the basis of psychoanalytic themes, but there is no compelling reason that Children’s Apperception Test protocols could not be interpreted from other theoretical frameworks.

Scoring: This projective technique is not "scored" in a quantitative sense. The gist of stores is recorded, and the presence or absence of thematic elements is indicated on the form provided.

Reliability and Validity: No statistical information is provided on the technical validity and reliability of the CAT.

Norms: Information on norms is not included in the manual.

Suggested Uses: Designed for use in clinical and research settings.