Roberts Apperception Test for Children (RATC)

The Roberts Apperception Test for Children is an instrument used for the evaluation of the developmental adaptive function and clinical function in children.  The test primarily targets child expression of social understanding when listening to speech.

The survey includes stimulus cards, protocols, manuals, and a guide for interpretation.  Children whom have been notified with health issues are usually the subjects for this test.  In the survey, children are shown 16 test pictures and are required to tell a story about each one, testing there social perception.

The test takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to administer.

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The Roberts-2 test founded by Roberts & Gruber in 2005 used a sample of 1060 subjects covering 15 states.  The large demographic was focused due to the questionable sample size used in the first edition.  The validity of the instrument was conformed to have T-scores ranging from 40 to comparing a clinic sample with Roberts standardization sample of 1,000 children and adolescents.  The Roberts-2 test is the second edition of the test refined in order for easier scoring and interpretation.

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