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Volume 12, Issue 4 (1983)

Guest Editor's Comments

pp. 375—376

The use of projective/personality assessment with children and adolescents remains a controversial topic within the entire profession of psychology (not just in school psychology). For example, recent surveys cannot even agree on whether the popularity of projective techniques is waxing or waning, never mind agreeing on their clinical utility. The use of projective/personality assessment may be one of school psychology's best kept secrets; while some training programs discuss these techniques and many practitioners utilize them to assess youngsters with suspected emotional disturbance, relatively little has been heard or written about them at our National Conventions or in our major periodicals or texts. This lack of emphasis may be due to recent demands for objective and accountable school psychology services along with some unfortunate attitudes and misinterpretations condemning the appropriateness of these techniques.

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