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Stogdill Behaviour Cards

Psychological Tests

Small, rectangular cardboard box that contains 150 small cardboard cards with questions on them. Each card is numbered on the lower left side. The two parts of the box that contain the cards are labelled “YES” and “NO” on the inside.

Accession Number: 2012.psy.96

Alternative Name:

Primary Materials: paper, cardboard


Manufacturer’s information is printed on the front “BEHAVIOUR CARDS/BY RALPH M. STOGDILL/Bureau of Juvenile Research/COLUMBUS, OHIO/ Distributed by/THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CORPORATION/52 Fifth Avenue, New York.” A piece of faded blue tape is attached to the edges with the marking “STOGDILL BEHAVIOUR CARDS/E II.” The word “Library” is handwritten in pencil on the top of the box.

Dimensions (cm):

Box: Height = 7, Width = 7, Length = 9.5; Cards: Width = 5, Length = 7.5


Used to test and then classify children’s difficulties. The cards would have been sorted by the child into two piles, Yes and No. After the complete test had been sorted into the two boxes, the “YES” box would be checked on a tabulating sheet and the cards would be resorted and placed in numerical order in the pack. (Stogdill, R. M, A Test Interview for Delinquent Children, Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol 24(3), June 1940, 325-333.)

Condition: Excellent; a few dirt and stain marks

Associated Instruments:


Bureau of Juvenile Research, Columbus, Ohio, Distributed by the Psychological Corporation, 522 Fifth Avenue, NY.

Date of Manufacture: c. 1940


Dept. of Psychology, University of Toronto

Additional Information and References:

Historical Notes:

The cards brought out specific anti-social behaviours. Stogdill’s cards served as a model for other behaviour inventories. (Deger, R.M. 1981, The Classification of Children and Their Emotional Problems. Clinical Psychology Review, Vol I, pp. 415-439.)

Deger, R.M. (1981). The Classification of Children and Their Emotional Problems. Clinical Psychology Review, Vol I, pp. 415-439. Stogdill, R. M, “A Test Interview for Delinquent Children”, Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol24(3), June 1940, 325-333.