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, 77 (1), 48-70

Coming to Grips With Negative Evidence for the Comprehensive System for the Rorschach: A Comment on Gacono, Loving, and Bodholdt; Ganellen; And Bornstein

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Coming to Grips With Negative Evidence for the Comprehensive System for the Rorschach: A Comment on Gacono, Loving, and Bodholdt; Ganellen; And Bornstein

J M Wood et al. J Pers Assess.

Abstract

The Comprehensive System (CS; Exner, 1991, 1993) for the Rorschach is currently engulfed in controversy. This comment article responds to 3 articles by Rorschach proponents in this issue of the Journal of Personality Assessment. Contrary to the claims of Gacono, Loving, and Bodholdt (this issue), CS scores do not bear a well-demonstrated relationship to psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, or conduct disorder. Contrary to the claims of Ganellen (this issue), both the original and the revised CS Depression Index (Exner, 1993) bear little or no relationship to depression diagnoses. Furthermore, the scoring reliability of some CS scores is problematic. Although we agree with Bornstein (this issue) that Rorschach scores generally bear little or no relation to psychiatric diagnoses or self-report questionnaires, we believe this lack of relationship tends to disconfirm hypotheses concerning the validity of the Rorschach. In the spirit of the philosopher Sir Karl Popper, the Rorschach community should not minimize negative evidence or engage in post hoc arguments to immunize the CS against falsification.

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