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Roberts Apperception Test for Children: 2

Glen E. Roberts, Ph.D.


This second edition of the Roberts Apperception Test for Children (Roberts-2) helps evaluate a child’s social understanding by using a unique free narrative storytelling format. Appropriate for children between the ages of 6 and 18, it assesses two independent dimensions: adaptive social perception (development measure) and maladaptive or atypical social perception (clinical measure). This second edition has been updated to reflect current trends and includes new age- and gender-specific normative data. In addition, there are now three versions of the Test Pictures: Caucasian, African-American, and Hispanic children. The Roberts-2 can also be used to document changes as the individual grows older and more socially experienced.

How to Use the Assessment
The respondent is shown each test card in turn, and is asked to create a complete story based on what he or she perceives in the picture. As the respondent narrates, the administrator writes a verbatim transcript. The words and phrases used by the respondent are then decoded and scored using the Record Form. The assessment consists of a set of 16 picture cards and a corresponding Record Form. It usually takes between 30 and 40 minutes to administer. Back to the top

Scales & Forms

  • Theme Overview
  • Available Resources
  • Problem Identification
  • Resolution
  • Emotion
  • Outcome
  • Unusual or Atypical Responses
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Glen E. Roberts, Ph.D.

Age Range 6 to 18 years

Administration Time 30–40 minutes

Administration Type Storytelling format 

Qualification Level B

  • Handscored


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