Title

The Factor Analytic Structure of the Roberts Apperception Test for Children: A Comparison of the Standardization Sample with a Sample of Chronically Ill Children

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Personality Assessment

Volume

56

Issue

3

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Publication Date

1991

First Page

414

Last Page

425

DOI

10.1207/s15327752jpa5603_4

Abstract

A confirmatory principal component factor analysis of the Roberts Apperception Test for Children was conducted using the standardization sample and a sample of chronically ill children. An interpretation of three- and four-factor solutions identified the three-factor solution as superior to the four-factor solution as measured by chi-square goodness of fit and coefficients of convergence. A cluster analysis using Ward's minimum variance method was calculated to determine the typical profiles that best describe the chronically ill sample. Results of this analysis reveal two distinct profiles that differ primarily on the level of adaptive psychological functioning.

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