This unique, multicultural narrative test is an effective way to screen both minority and nonminority  children for emotional and behavior problems. It can uncover diagnostically relevant information in a wide range of children–and recent studies have shown that TEMAS has therapeutic value as well. Storytelling in response to TEMAS cards has been successfully used as an intervention to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression.
 Developed specifically for children and adolescents from 5 to 18 years of age, TEMAS features attractive, full-color stimulus cards. It is available in two parallel forms, one designed for minority children, the other for nonminority children. Each form includes 23 cards, 11 of which are gender specific. The minority cards show predominantly Hispanic and Black individuals, while the nonminority cards depict mostly nonminority characters. The pictures reflect both positive and negative emotions and interactions. An Administration Instruction Card is available to guide the test administrator while giving the test.
 In addition to full-color stimulus cards, Tell-Me-A-Story (TEMAS) offers an objective scoring system and normative data based on a sample of more than 600 children (ages 5 to 13 years) from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
The test measures 9 Personality Functions, 18 Cognitive Functions, and 7 Affective Functions:
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Achievement Motivation
  • Delay of Gratification
  • Self-Concept
  • Sexual Identity
  • Moral Judgment
  • Reality Testing
  • Functions Not Pulled
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Fearful
  • Neutral
  • Ambivalent
  • Inappropriate Affect
  • Reaction Time
  • Total Time
  • Inquiries
  • Fluency
  • Omissions
  • Sequencing
  • Imagination
  • Relationships
  • Transformations
  • Conflict
Based on over 20 years of research and clinical findings, this exciting measure answers the need for a psychometrically sound, culturally relevant apperception test for children. In addition to the American version of TEMAS, we also offer an Italian version of the test, published by Giunti O.S., Florence, Italy. We will soon publish Jewish, Arabic, Chinese and Filipino versions of TEMAS.


4 thoughts on “About TEMAS

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  2. Hello,
    I am interested in knowing when the Arabic version of the TEMAS is expected to be available? Will it be culturally relevant to the Levant region? Thank you.

    Dr. Heidi Wheeler

  3. Being a researcher i will be interested to use TEMAS for children with diverse family system in Pakistan. Due to geopolitical conditions and warfare many families and especially children suffering a lot. in this regard TEMAS can be proved a sensitive enough tool to elicit emotion related information from vulnerable child population.

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