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Repertory Grid Test


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A test designed to reveal the respondent's ways of construing the world according to personal construct theory. The respondent is presented with three elements from the domain of interest (people, events, or objects) and is asked to indicate in what way any two of the elements are similar to each other and different from the third. For example, if the three elements are my father, my boss, and my husband, then the respondent may reply that my father and my boss are both unfriendly and in that way different from my husband, thereby eliciting the personal construct friendly-unfriendly among the respondent's ways of construing people. Then the respondent answers the same question with regard to a second group of three elements, and so on, until all the respondent's important constructs in the relevant domain have been elicited, whereupon a grid is constructed, with elements running across the top, elicited constructs down the side, and each cell marked with a tick if the construct applies to the element, a cross if it does not apply, or unmarked if the respondent has not used the construct to judge the element. After the repertory grid has been drawn up, the constructs may be presented as rating scales on which the respondent rates each of the elements on each of the constructs. What is unusual about this test is that it is tailored to the individual respondent's way of construing or interpreting the world. The earliest form of the test was first described by its inventor, the US psychologist George A(lexander) Kelly (1905–66), in his book The Psychology of Personal Constructs (1955, Vol. 1, pp. 219–66). See also grid analysis, Role Construct Repertory Test. Rep test abbrev. [From repertory an entire stock of things available, from Latin repertorium a storehouse, from reperire to obtain, from re- again + parere to bring forth]

Subjects: Psychology.


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