Sex and generational differences in Senior Apperception Technique projections.

Research paper by M L ML Schroth

Indexed on: 01 Dec '78Published on: 01 Dec '78Published in: Perceptual and motor skills


A major purpose of this study was to compare the projections of 50 young and 50 elderly subjects to the Seniors Apperception Technique. Specifically, the emotional contents of stories told to the test were compared for sex and generational differences. The results showed, in general, that, while the themes contained more negative than positive feelings, many individuals gave unhappy stories happy conclusions. In addition, the projections of elderly and female respondents were more positive than those of younger and male subjects. The findings were interpreted in light of Neugartin's disengagement theory.