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Roberts Apperception Test for Children (Roberts-2)

Roberts Apperception Test for Children (Roberts-2)
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Projective Test: Provides a measure of the child's social understanding as

expressed in free narrative, reflecting both developmental and clinical concerns 

Age Range
6 - 18 years 


30 to 40 minutes to administer and score

Qualification Level

Available to registered psychologists only

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Roberts Apperception Test for Children (Roberts-2)

G.E. Roberts


New in the Roberts-2

  • Updated Test Pictures featuring current clothing and hairstyles
  • Three parallel sets of Test Pictures-for White, Black, and Hispanic children and teens
  • An extended age range-up to 18 years
  • New norms, representative of the U.S. population 
  • In evaluating children, it makes sense to look at more than academic ability and achievement. Social understanding, problem-solving skills, adaptability, sources of support, emotional adjustment, developmental issues--all of these things affect children's functioning at school, at home, and in the community. And all are measured by the Roberts-2.

    Informing Intervention

    This revision of the popular Roberts Apperception Test for Children helps you understand the whole child. The Roberts-2 provides useful descriptive information, telling you how well the child reads social cues, recognizes and solves interpersonal problems, copes with difficulties, makes use of social and emotional resources, and much more. This information is invaluable to any professional who is initiating an academic or behavioral intervention.

    The test focuses on the child's social understanding as expressed in free narrative, reflecting both developmental and clinical concerns. It asks the child or adolescent to tell a story in response to each of 16 Test Pictures (available in three parallel sets--one showing White children, one featuring Black children, and one depicting Hispanic children).

    The child's stories are recorded and then scored--according to objective criteria--for the presence or absence of specific characteristics. Norms, grouped by age, are based on a sample of more than 1,000 children and adolescents, aged 6 through 18, from all four U.S. Census regions. The sample is representative in terms of gender, ethnicity, and parental education.

    The Roberts-2 Manual offers extensive examples of children's stories, along with scoring instructions. It provides evidence of the test's validity, based on comparisons between the standardization sample and a clinically referred sample of 467 children and adolescents. This evidence supports use of the Roberts-2 in clinical assessment of children experiencing adjustment problems and in research on the development of social understanding. 

    Guiding Intervention

    The Roberts-2 provides comprehensive and detailed insight into children's social perception. Stories generated in response to the Test Pictures indicate where the child is on a continuum of social understanding. Typically, as children become more socially experienced, their stories reflect greater awareness of social convention, more differentiated themes, and clearer resolution of themes and conflicts. And because the test includes clinical scales as well as content scales, it alerts you to social and emotional problems that are outside the norm.

    Measuring the Effects of Intervention

    The Roberts-2 helps you put the pieces together. It not only provides a more complete picture of the child prior to intervention but also reflects change following intervention. And because it is standardized on nonreferred children, the test is an ideal way to assess developmental change and situational crises in nonclinical children.

    The scales on the Roberts-2 have been refined for easier scoring and interpretation. 

    Theme Overview
    Popular Pull

    Complete Meaning

    Problem Identification


    Unresolved Outcome
    Non-adaptive Outcome
    Maladaptive Outcome

    Unrealistic Outcome

    Available Resources
    Support from Self
    • Feeling

    • Advocacy

    Support from Other
    • Feeling

    • Help

    Reliance on Other

    Limit Setting 



    Simple Closure or Easy Outcome
    Easy Realistically Positive Outcome
    Process described in constructive
    Process described in constructive
    resolution of feeling and situation
    Elaborated process with possible


    Unusual or Atypical Responses
    Unusual – Refusal, No Score,

    Atypical Categories



    Roberts-2 Computer Scoring CD

    This new, unlimited-use computer program simplifies Roberts-2 scoring, allowing you to get the job done with greater speed and accuracy. When you enter Roberts-2 stories, the program gives you: 

    • Instant access to coding definitions, picture descriptions, common themes, and the author's detailed scoring notes
    • A real-time, story-by-story display of codes as you apply them
    • Automated error checking to prevent incorrect or incompatible codes
    • Automated review to insure the presence of all required codes
    • The flexibility to obtain a scoring profile by entering stories and coding text in detail or to simply enter codes for display and storage
    • An accurate summary of results
    • The option of attaching notes to your report of Roberts-2 results

    This program helps you learn coding procedures more quickly at the outset and substantially reduces scoring time thereafter. In addition, it allows you to generate reports that provide a clear, accurate, and complete record of test results. 

    As a bonus, the CD includes several unscored stories from the test Manual and the Roberts-2 Casebook. You can use these to practice scoring on the computer and then check your accuracy by referring to the Manual or Casebook. 

    Roberts-2 Casebook

    The Roberts-2 Casebook was created to help clinicians integrate Roberts-2 test scores and interpretation into school, special education, and clinical case reports. Seventeen cases are described: 4 from normally developing children to help provide a grounded sense of typical variability and then 13 chosen to highlight issues for diagnostic categories that are among the most commonly evaluated in children and adolescents--Mild Mental Retardation, ADHD, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Schizo-Affective Disorder, and Schizophrenia. Users can practice scoring cases (sample scoring by the author is provided), use profiles and interpretive discussion to better understand clinical issues in the areas treated, and learn how Roberts-2 results can inform evaluation reports and treatment plans.

    Roberts-2 DVD Training Package

    The new Roberts-2 DVD Training Package provides everything you need to master the Roberts-2. Just watch the DVD and use the accompanying Workbook, Reference Materials, and Record Forms to practice coding, scoring, and interpretation. You'll learn directly from the test author, Glen Roberts, and you'll also be eligible for continuing education credit. The Training Package includes the following components: 

    • DVD
         Running 2 hours and 15 minutes, the DVD features Dr. Glen Roberts and WPS test developer Dr. Chris   

         Gruber, who thoroughly discuss the Roberts-2 and its application.  

    • Workbook
         The Workbook outlines DVD content and presents two case studies, each with a complete set of Roberts 2  

         stories. You can use these case studies to test the accuracy of your coding and scoring.

    • Quick Reference Materials
         These materials include administration, scoring, and interpretation guidelines; detailed scale descriptions; and a

         reference guide showing the 16 Roberts-2 Test Pictures.  

    • Record Forms

         These two blank Record Forms are used to score the case studies presented in the Workbook.

    Convenient and cost-effective, this Training Package is an efficient way for clinics, school districts, and academic programs to teach staff and graduate students how to use the Roberts-2.

    Product Items

    Roberts 2 Kit: 1 Set of Test Pictures Featuring White Children and Adolescents; 25 Record Forms; 1 Casebook; 1 Quick Reference Guide;1 Manual)
    Item # MPS03-W383
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    Roberts 2 Manual
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    Roberts 2 Test Pictures, Black Children and Adolescents
    Item # MPS03-W383B
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    Roberts 2 Record Form (Pack of 25)
    Item # MPS03-W383D
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    Roberts 2 Casebook: 1 Quick Reference Guide
    Item # MPS03-W383F
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    Roberts-2 Scoring CD. Unlimited-use scoring CD. PC with Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, or Windows 7. Can be used on one computer at a time
    Item # W-383U
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    Roberts-2 DVD Training Package: Training DVD; Training Workbook; 2 Record Forms; 4 Quick Reference Materials
    Item # W-383DVT
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    Set Of Training Materials: For those who already own the Training DVD: Training Workbook; 2 Record Forms; 4 Quick Reference Materials.
    Item # W-383G
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