Purpose: Designed to reveal associative connections between stimuli words and responses.
Authors: D. Rapaport, M. Gill, and R. Schafer.
Publisher: International Universities Press, Inc.
Description: The word association method is a psychological test intended to reveal associative connections between stimulus words and free verbal responses. Subjects are instructed to give discrete verbal responses to common stimulus words (usually nouns or verbs). Because verbalizations reflect ideation, it is assumed that the systematic study of associative thought can reveal information about an individualís personality characteristics, areas of emotional disturbances, and the like. Although the method has no necessary tie to any particular theory, it is usually employed as a projective technique.
Scoring: There are no formal scoring procedures employed with this method.
Reliability and Validity: The manual provides no reliability and Validity information. Very few validity and reliability studies have been undertaken because internal clinical judgment constitutes such an integral part of the approach.
Norms: Norms are included in the manual for normal college students and schizophrenics.
Suggested Uses: The Word Association Test is recommended as part
of a comprehensive test battery in clinical and research settings.