Sentence Completion Test

Personality assessment seeks to describe an individual’s behavior, moods, and patterns of relating with his or her environment. It utilizes a range of measures, both self-report (objective) and performance based (projective). Sentence completion tasks (SCTs) fall within the performance-based (projective) category, which broadly refers to measures with an unstructured response format that taps an individual’s approach to organizing ambiguous experiences. Because the content of the answer is not provided within the stimulus, responses on these measures are thought to relate to the cognitive style and psychological life of the individual responding. This enriches the clinician’s understanding of the patient’s internal experience. Typically, SCTs present the beginning of a sentence, which the individual is then asked to complete. The administration, presented in a brisk rhythm ...

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