The Rorschach Inkblot Test: Application with adults with mild mental retardation

Richard Arthur Sasseville (1993)

The Rorschach Inkblot test has become an important psychological test since its introduction in 1921. The instrument's value in determining personality functioning has been well established through numerous research studies and validated in the recent work of John Exner. Despite voluminous studies, little recent work has been completed using the test with the mentally retarded. The following study investigated the Rorschach's applicability with adults functioning in the mild range of mental retardation and used Exner's Comprehensive System for administration and scoring. Rorschach response protocols of 36 adults functioning; within the mild range of mental retardation were examined. The results, although modest, support the applicability of the Exner Comprehensive System with this population. Implications and directions for further research are discussed.