Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis (T-JTA)

The Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis is an instrument for assessing the influence of an individual’s personal characteristics in relationships.  The test is used in counseling for couples or individuals, premarital sessions, and marriage enrichment.  T-JTA aids professionals in identifying individual improvement and providing the client with self-awareness with factors affecting relationships.

Approximately 60 minutes is required for completion.   The test can be done with paper-and-pencil format.  The couple form has 360-items and takes 60 minutes.  Participants should be 18 or older.

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Reliability and Validity

According to the test manual for the T-JTA, the overall reliability was high – test-retest reliability (two week interval) is reported at 0.71 to 0.87 for the nine trait scales, stability coefficients of one to three week intervals are 0.62 to 0.88, and spilt-half coefficients ranged from 0.71 to 0.86 (Boyle, 1991).   When compared wit the 16 PF scales, the the T-JTA showed correlations of -.48 to 0.70.  When compared with the MMPI, the T-JTA scales resulted in a correlation rating of -0.56 to 0.66.

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T-JTA Website

Administration, Analysis and Reporting

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Taylor, R. M., & Morrison, L. P. (2002). Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis Manual.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Psychological Publications, Inc. View

Dissertations and Journals

Gold, Joshua M. (1999).  Understanding Conflict Response Styles:  The Use of the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis with Adolescents.  Profession School Counseling, v3, n1, 52-56.

Mercedes Hoskins (1979).  Identification of Personality Characteristics of University Women Students Preceding A Weight Control Regimen.  Home Economics Research Journal, Vol. 7, No.5.

G. Elia, J. Kraemer, and A. Bergmen (1994).  Personality changes after anti-incontinence operations in women.