The last projective test that we will review is the 8CRT, developed by Caligor. Unlike the HTP or the DAP, this assessment procedure never gained favor among working professionals. In fact, in my schooling experience I never even heard of the 8CRT; it was only through a fluke that I stumbled upon a review of the process in a journal article. However, once I began incorporating this test into my routine, I found it to be an indispensable tool.
In 1957 Caligor lamented the restriction posed by the single-drawing projective tests and developed the 8CRT, which utilizes a series of eight interrelated drawings. He defines his test in this manner:
In the progression from drawing one through eight scores may tend toward the more pathological, remain essentially the same, or tend more to the statistical norm. This pathological weighting is an index of the individual's ability to maintain his functioning level under stress, and whether he is able to show recoverability after responding to stress. (p. 66)
Furthermore, this ever-increasing and interconnected use of the client's drawings allows for an interpretation that explores the varied layers of an individual's personality structure. And it is these layered concepts of interpretation that make use of the structural analysis and formal or symbolic analysis found in Appendixes A, B, C, and D.
Additionally, Caligor created a scoring system to impartially measure the structural elements based on deviations from statistical norms. If we return to Buck's scoring system for his HTP assessment, many of the same elements are also stressed in Caligor's study. These surround the ratio of heights, amount of detailing, proportion, and paper chopping. Yet this is where the similarity ends. Caligor's method is not intended to measure intelligence; instead it "should be seen as a reflection of the individual's approach to life situations" (Caligor, 1957, p. 65).
Caligor has provided examples and an outline of his system for scoring the 8CRT in his book A New Approach to Figure Drawing (1957). For the purposes of this discussion, I prefer to utilize an adapted version. Therefore, rather than assessing the client's completed test based on Caligor's 36 structural dimensions, I have adapted his table to offer a quick overview of the eight drawing pages. This approach (Appendix E) allows me to observe and note simultaneously any deviations, repetitions, or patterns throughout all eight drawings while completing my assessment on quantitative and qualitative levels.
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