Children Appreciation Test

The Children’s Apperception Test (CAT) is a projective personality test used to assess individual variations in children’s responses to standardized stimuli presented in the form of pictures of animals (CAT-A) or humans (CAT-H) in common social situations. Include pictures of children in common family situations such as prolonged illnesses, births, deaths, and separations from parental figures.

The CAT is used to assess personality, level of maturity, and, often, psychological health. The theory is that a child’s responses to a series of drawings of animals or humans in familiar situations are likely to reveal significant aspects of a child’s personality. Some of these dimensions of personality include level of reality testing and judgment, control and regulation of drives, defenses, conflicts, and level of autonomy.

The CAT, developed by psychiatrist and psychologist Leopold Bellak and Sonya Sorel Bellak and first published in 1949.