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A NEW SYMBOL APPROACH TO PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT
THEODORE C. KAHN; PAUL D. MURPHY
Am J Psychiatry 1958;114:741-743.
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USAF Hospital and Mental Hygiene Clinic, Wright-Patterson A.F.B., Ohio.

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Psychologists have overlooked the possibility of first going to the culture and then to the individual in obtaining ideas for the construction of psychological instruments. A test of symbol arrangement has been developed in which this procedure has been reversed. Objects with established cultural validity were used to study and to classify human behavior. A number of studies were cited to show the wide applicability of this cross-disciplinary approach to psychological testing.

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