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Affiliation (Psychology) in adolescence; Thematic Apperception Test


This study reports that the Pelto Projective Pictures when scored by the Atkinson-Heyns-Veroff procedure is a valid instrument for measuring n affiliation. The hypothesis that an experimental group of junior-high-school students exposed to a stimulus would display a significantly higher mean n affiliation score than a control group was rejected. A sex difference was involved in the failure to reject the null hypothesis. There is strong evidence that n affiliation was aroused in an experimental group of females, but not in an experimental group of males. The Pelto Projective Pictures were successful in discriminating this difference. Moreover, the scoring procedure, developed for use with the TAT, appears to be applicable to other projective techniques.

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