Robert’s Apperception Test for Children (RATC)
The Robert’s Apperception Test is designed to measure a child’s developmental adaptive social perception and clinical maladaptative or atypical social perception through the child’s expression of social understanding in their stories.
The test provides a series of 16 pictures depicting social situations that are part of children’s everyday experience. Given each picture, a child is asked to tell a complete story. The content of the stories is scored according to objective criteria for the presence or absence of specific characteristics.
A series of scales are scored that reflect the child’s social cognitive competence in relating a story that successfully integrates the elements depicted in the picture, and the results are compared to the standardized norm according to the child’s age. Typically, as children become more socially experienced, their stories reflect greater awareness of social convention, more differentiated themes, and clearer resolution of themes and conflicts.
Moreover, the inclusion of clinical scales calls attention to the likely presence of social and emotional problems that are outside the norm.