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About the T-JTA®

Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis® (T-JTA®)

Personality Assessment for
Individuals, Couples, Families, and Relationship Counseling

Authors: Robert M. Taylor and Lucile P. Morrison

The Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis® (T-JTA®) is one of the most widely used assessments for individual, pre-marital, marital, and family counseling. The T-JTA® measures 18 dimensions of personality (9 bipolar traits) that are important components of individual adjustment and interpersonal relationships. The T-JTA® has been used for more than 50 years by thousands of counseling professionals in a wide array of settings in the U.S. and around the world to help people understand themselves and others in their lives.

The T-JTA® is a quick and convenient method of measuring important personality traits that influence personal, interpersonal, scholastic, and vocational functioning and adjustment. It serves as both a diagnostic device and a counseling tool. The brief 180-question test can be administered to individuals, couples, or groups in about 30 minutes (non-timed). The T-JTA®
is applicable for use with adolescents through senior adults.

T-JTA® Content

The T-JTA® measures 9 personality traits and their opposites:
• Nervous ↔ Composed
• Depressive ↔ Light-Hearted
• Active-Social ↔ Quiet
• Expressive-Responsive ↔ Inhibited
• Sympathetic ↔ Indifferent
• Subjective ↔ Objective
• Dominant ↔ Submissive
• Hostile ↔ Tolerant
• Self-Disciplined  ↔ Impulsive

T-JTA® Criss-Cross Testing

The T-JTA® is especially designed for use in pre-marital, marital, and family counseling. In "Criss-Cross" testing, a unique feature of the T-JTA®, a couple or various family members each take the test on themselves and also on each other. Any similarities, differences, and areas of misunderstanding between the couple or family members become readily apparent. T-JTA® Pro Profiles are especially designed for use in the actual counseling sessions to promote understanding and stimulate discussion.

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T-JTA® Benefits

• Applicable with adolescents, young adults, general adults, and senior adults
• Designed for pre-marital, marital, and family assessment
• T-JTA® "Criss-Cross" testing measures self perception and perception of another
• T-JTA® Profiles are easy to understand and graphically designed for use in counseling

Uses of the T-JTA®

Psychological Testing and Counseling
• Evaluation of personality adjustment
• Pre- and post- therapy evaluation
• Substance abuse & rehabilitation counseling
• Adult and adolescent counseling
• Military screening and counseling services

Pre-marital, Marital, and Family Counseling
• Diagnostic evaluation of marital problems
• Evaluation of pre-marital, marital, and family relationships
• Marriage enrichment programs

Vocational Guidance
• Evaluation of personality traits in relation to occupational suitability
• Personality appraisal in vocational evaluations
• Evaluation of personality traits in relation to actual job performance

Educational Counseling and Guidance
• Student counseling and guidance services
• High school guidance courses
• Psychology, marriage and family courses
• Tests and measurements courses
• Counselor training courses
• Professional training programs in marriage and family counseling

View T-JTA® Validity and Reliability Data

Validity Scales
• Attitude Scale
• Mid Count


• T-JTA Online Scoring Option
           T-JTA® Online Administration & Scoring Service
• Computer Scoring Options
           T-JTA® Scoring Software
           T-JTA® Mail-in/ Fax-in Scoring Service
 • Handscoring*

           Scoring Stencils

Administrative Information

• Norm groups reflect the following age-based populations:

- Adolescents ages 11-17
           - Young Adults ages 18-25
           - General Adults ages 26-54
           - Senior Adults ages 76 and above

• Non-timed: approximately 30 minutes to complete
• Question Editions in English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Korean, and more!
  Regular Edition Questions require an eighth grade reading level
  Secondary Edition Questions require a fifth grade reading level

• T-JTA Online Scoring Option
           T-JTA® Online Administration & Scoring Service

• Computer Scoring Options
T-JTA® Scoring Software
           T-JTA® Mail-in/Fax-in Scoring Service

• Score by hand using plastic scoring stencils.*

*Handscoring is  available on a limited basis. Contact PPI for more information.

T-JTA Training Information

If you would like to attend an Authorized T-JTA training seminar or class, click here to search by state or country.

Self Training materials have been developed for use in conjunction with a T-JTA Counselor's Kit. Click below for Counselor's Kit information.

  Counselor's Kits Contain Everything You’ll Need to Get Started!

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