The FTT is individually administered and lasts approximately 45 minutes; administration should best be completed in one session. If the child is not familiar with any of the stories the administration is rescheduled, so that the child can have the opportunity to read the stories (or to be told the stories). Each set of cards is presented to the child in a standard sequence, one set at a time, whilst the rest of the cards are kept out of sight. Administration is in the form of a semi-structured interview and one of the standard questions is “what does each character feel and think?” The examiner notes the child’s possible comments, non-verbal behavior as well as the order in which the cards are chosen.
Administrator: “Here are three dwarfs. I would like you to tell me what each one is thinking”.
Child: “This one here (points to Card 3) is thinking that he is going to meet Snow white on his way and he wants to wear his best clothes.
Administrator: “How does he feel?”
Child: “He feels happy because he thinks that when SW sees him, she will compliment him on his clothes”.
Administrator: “Good,… now can you choose one of the others and tell me what he is thinking”.
The Fairy Tale Test can be interpreted both quantitatively and qualitatively. Quantitative interpretation includes the rating and coding. Most of the 30 variables are rated on a 1-3 point scale. Some variables are rated as positive (+1) or negative (-1).
FTT evaluates 30 personality variables that fall under 6 broad aspects of personality functioning:
Ego Functions (8)
Emotional States (3)
Object Relations (2)
Qualitative interpretation: we evaluate a large number of defense mechanisms, family dynamics (Oedipus complex, sibling rivalry, relationship with parents), Ego functioning (synthetic-integrative functioning, regulation and control of impulses, mastery and judgment and the quality of thought process) and the nature of anxiety. The raw scores of each variable are summed up reaching a total score. The total raw scores are converted into normalized T-scores (M=50, SD=10) to compare FTT variables and to correct for any irregularities in the distribution of the scales.