Author/s: Carina Coulacoglou with co-researchers Nilanjana Sanyal and Manisha Dasgupta
Publication year: In use since 2013
Age Range: 6-12 yrs
Administration: Approximately 45 minutes
Scoring options: Manual scoring
The FTT is a projective test that is based on 21 drawn cards of well-known fairy tale characters, for example, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, giant, witch, etc. In contrast to other thematic tests, the child is not required to tell a story or complete a story, but to answer directed questions about the characters and situations in the fairy tales. The child can then choose between three variations of the fairy tale illustration. Examples of questions are: Which one of the three Little Red Riding Hoods (LRRHs) would you eat had you been the wolf? Why? What is LRRH thinking/feeling? What is the wolf thinking/feeling? The child’s answer is noted on the rating sheet and later scored and interpreted. There are 30 personality variables in the FTT that are described and differentiated in detail with user-friendly notes and illustrations in the margins. Clear instructions and examples are given for rating the test as well as quantitatively and qualitatively interpreting the variables. The most common defense mechanisms observed in the FTT are listed with examples. Two case studies of children from the Indian sample highlight how to use the test and illustrate the clinical usefulness of this test. In addition, in order to aid scoring and interpretation, the most frequently reported answers and the most frequently expressed variables for each set of cards are listed in the appendix.
The Fairy Tale Test (FTT) is suitable for children aged 6–12 years. It can be applied in individual therapeutic work, in educational counseling, and in remedial educational work as a basic tool for clinical anamnesis (e.g., accessing aggression, anxiety, depression), as a method of assessing personality changes over time, and as an instrument in clinical (therapeutic) and cross-cultural research.
The validity of the FTT was examined through the application of factor analyses (first and second order) on the 30 personality variables.
Percentiles and T scores for the FTT variables are listed according to gender, age and test region in India based a nonclinical sample of Indian children (N = 1,355).
Approximately 45 minutes test administration time. The time required for scoring and interpretation lies between 30 to 60 minutes depending on the complexity of the answers and the experience of the tester.
Complete test kit consisting of manual, 21 tests cards, and 10 recording sheets.