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Rosenzweig Picture-Frustration Study


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A projective test, designed to measure characteristic modes of responding to frustration, in which the respondent is presented with 24 cartoon drawings, each depicting one person saying something frustrating to the other, the second person being shown with a blank speech bubble. The respondent's task is to fill in each of the 24 blank speech bubbles with the first response that comes to mind, and from the responses the direction of aggression (directed inwards, directed outwards, or repressed) and type of aggression, including obstacle-dominance (frustrating objects stand out), ego-defence (the respondent's ego predominates to protect itself), and need-persistence (the respondent pursues goals despite frustration) are scored. In addition, a group conformity rating is provided, indicating how closely the responses resemble the most common responses or population norms. RPFS abbrev. [Named after the US psychologist Saul Rosenzweig (1907–2004) who published early accounts of research using the test in the Journal of Experimental Psychology in 1943 and the Journal of Personality in 1945 and adult and child versions of the test itself in 1948]

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