PURPOSE OF RISB
The Rotters incomplete sentence blank is an attempt to standardize the sentence completionmethod for the use at college level. Forty stems are completed by the subject. These completionsare then scored by comparing them against typical items in empirically derived scoring manualsfor men and women and by assigning to each response a scale value from 0to6. The total score isan index of maladjustment
SENTENCE COMPLETION METHOD
The sentence completion method of studying personality is a semi structured projectivetechnique in which the subject is asked to finish a sentence for which the first word or words aresupplied. As in other projective devices, it is assumed that the subject reflects his own wishes,desires, fears and attitudes in the sentences he makes.Historically, the incomplete sentence method is related most closely to the word associationtest. In some test incomplete sentences tests only a single word or brief response is called for; themajor differences appears to be in the length of the stimulus. In the sentence completion tests,tendencies to block and to twist the meaning of the stimulus words appear and the responses may be categorized in a somewhat similar fashion to the word association method.
DEVELOPMENT OF ISB
The Incomplete Sentence Blank consists of forty items revised from a form used by Rotter andWillermann (11) in the army. This form was, in turn, a revision of blanks used by Shor (15), Hutt(5), and Holzberg (4) at the Mason General Hospital.In the development of the ISB, two objectives were kept in mind. One aim was to provide atechnique which could be used objectively for screening and experimental purposes. It was feltthat this technique should have at least some of the advantages of projective methods, and also be economical from the point of view of administration and scoring.A second goal was to obtain information of rather specific diagnostic value for treatment purposes.