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Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)



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Helmut H. Reimer

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This study investigated the relationship between two warm-up interventions and subsequent Rorschach Inkblot Technique color responses from incarcerated wards of the California Youth Authority. The intent was to generate a greater number of color responses so as to better evaluate the delinquent's method of handling emotional situations. The experimental group's thirty subjects each worked individually with the examiner on the chromatic materials of the Representational Stencils Design (RSD) task. Each subject was then administered the Rorschach Inkblots. The control group's thirty subjects worked individually with the examiner on the achromatic materials of the Organization of The Dots (OTD) task; then each subject received administration of the Rorschach. The research hypotheses, in null form, stated that there would be no significant differences between groups: (1) in total number of responses, (2) in total number of color responses, (3) in the number and distribution of impulsive (CF + C) and controlled (FC) color responses. Four t-tests, using the.05 level that findings were due to chance, analyzed comparison of mean differences between groups. Two chi-squares were conducted at the.05 level to compare the number and distribution of color and non-color responses and the number and distribution of impulsive and controlled color responses between groups. The experimental RSD group did produce a statistically greater number and proportion of controlled color responses than did the control OTD group. There was no significant difference between groups in total number of responses, neither in total number of color responses nor in number of impulsive color responses. This is meaningful in light of Rorschach's color/emotion construct which suggests that the way one manages color response on the cards also reflects how one handles emotional situations. Therein, delinquents within the experimental group appeared to have processed color within a better integrated, more mature, reflective response style.



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